Web Watching: A Guide to Webs & the Spiders That Make Them

by Larry Weber

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ISBN-13: 9780990915874
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 311,741
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Larry Weber has the perfect name for a lifelong spider and web watcher. He was a science teacher for more than 40 years, and received the Minnesota Secondary Science Teacher of the Year and the National Biology Teacher Association's Middle School Life Science Teacher of the Year awards. He has a weekly radio phenology program, a phenology column for a local newspaper and is one of the founders of the Minnesota Phenology Network. Larry taught University for Seniors for several years and also teaches many Minnesota Master Naturalist courses. His previous book in this series was in a Patch of Goldenrods. He is also the author of Butterflies of the North Woods, Spiders of the North Woods, Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods (Kollath-Stensaas Publishing), Backyard Almanac (Stone Ridge Press) and Webwood: Seasons of Life in the North Woods and Minnesoto Phenology (Northstar Press). Larry lives on an old farmstead in Carlton County, Minnesota where daily walks keep him in tune with the phenology of our northern flora and fauna.

Table of Contents

A Guide to Web Watching 1

Spider Classification 2

Insect & Spider Comparison 3

Spider External Anatomy 4

Spider Internal Anatomy 8

Spinnerets & Silk 9

Silk Glands 10

Spider Silk 12

Types of Webs 13

Other Uses for Silk 17

Web Construction 17

Web Destruction 24

Web Watching Tips 25

Species Accounts

Cobwebs 28

Theridiidae 30

Pholcidae 38

Dictynidae 40

Sheet Webs 42

Linyphiidae 44

Hahnidae 50

Funnel Webs 52

Agelenidae 54

Amaurobiidae 58

Orb Webs 60

Araneidae 62

Tetragnathidae 114

Uloboridae 124

Photo Galleries

Insects Caught in Webs 128

Dewy Webs 130

Frosty Webs 132

Snowy Web 133

Dusty Webs 134

Seeds in Webs 135

Other Silk Constructions 136

Man-made Web Substrates 140

Titles of Interest 141

Photo Credits 142

Index 143

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