Behavior of spiders

Behavior of spiders

There are many species of spiders in the thirteen catalogued families of spiders. Arachnology which is the study of spiders and their cognate animals seldom disregards the subject, Behavior of Spiders as it is rather undemanding to study dead specimens than to stalk them on their natural habitat or in controlled environment. The main areas where behavior of spiders could be evaluated are their hunting and reproduction. Many of the spiders build webs and use their sticky web to catch their prey and some spiders hunt other spiders by behaving exactly as their prey to attract them before hunting them. Spiders reproduce wither sexually or asexually. Some female spiders tend to eat male ones.

Spider behavior derived from their hunting

Though spiders are considered predatory, there are some spices of spiders who feed on plants, bananas, milk, egg yolk and sausages. One of the most effective ways used by spiders to hunt their prey is with sticky webs; such spiders have known to have poor vision. Their webs can be of varying sizes and shapes, so they can accommodate to catch different sizes of prey. The behavior of jumping spiders can be considered intelligent as they trap their prey by different means by luring them to their web. Though such spiders are considered to be fast learners, they are also slow thinkers. One of the species of spiders is ant mimics; they have slim abdomens and waists and disguise their bodies to look like ants. These antics are either to protect themselves from their predators such as birds, lizards or to hunt their prey which is generally ants.

Some of the spiders are know to be social spiders. Such a behavior of spiders is arrived at from the need to protect their prey from thieves. They live in large colonies numbering up to 50000 individuals.

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