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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.
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.
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.
Click on this spider picture to view a larger
close up look at this spider.
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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Spiders by Washington State University
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