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Eek... a Spider!

A Spider is an Insect? No no no... Spiders belong to the "arachnid" family, not the insect family. Other arachnids are scorpions, ticks, daddy longlegs and mites.

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How is an insect different from a spider? One easy way to tell the difference... the insects have six legs... a spider has eight legs. See if you can count all eight legs on this tarantula.

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Spiders have glands in their abdomens which produce silk. The silk is pushed through the tubelike spinneret to form webs to catch food and/or cocoons to protect their young.

 

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Click on this spider picture to view a larger
close up look at this spider.

 

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Watch MPG Movie of this Spider capturing a GrassHopper that landed in it's web. See how we came to find this spider... and who we saved from it's silky web! Check out a closer view of this Garden Spider.

 

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