‘Human-Sized’ Spider Web Found In Missouri Forest, Independent, 4 October 2020
A giant spider web was discovered by the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Francis Skalicky off a trail near Springfield.
“Those are the kind that literally ‘catch’ people if they walk through them at night lol,” said Facebook commenter Jennifer Duffy Russell.
It was woven by an orb-weaver spider:
“Webs are built at dusk and used for snaring prey during the night. At dawn, the spider reingests the strands (along with moisture that has collected on it as dew) and recycles the nutrients in making the next web,” the Conservation Department said.
Spider webs don’t normally freak me out, but I must say this one’s a doozy that I would NOT want to walk into at any tune of day!!!!!
I never saw one so big!
I read that it takes about a day to weave it, and then they eat it. They’re like sand sculptures on the beach, so beautiful but gone in a flash!
It’s so interesting that they weave it and then eat it for the moisture and nutrients! Fascinating, I’d never read that before.