spiderweb construction

a spider, building its spiderweb

playing around with a new close-up lense today, i got a chance to witness a spider construct its own new web.
crawling around in a spiral between the “matrix strands”, it attached the sticky strand it continuously produced – sometimes by just “bumping” the matrix with its opisthosoma (where the spinnerets are), and sometimes by handling the strand with its (far) back legs.
very fascinating to watch.

there’s also a high(er)-quality video: [view video: spiderweb construction] (zipped avi/xvid, 7MB)

the photos turned out all crappy, because it was later in the evening already…

[view photos: spiderweb construction]

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