Maple Glade Trail. It’s supposed to be a humbling experience to stand amidst such giants in the ancient forests of Olympic National Park. Photo #1 by rachel_thecat
Spiral orb webs in Karijini, Western Australia Garden Orbweaver with beetle prey caught in its web A spider web , spiderweb , spider's web , or cobweb (from the obsolete word coppe , meaning "spider") [ 1 ] is a device created by a spider out of proteinaceous spider silk extruded from its spinnerets . Spider webs have existed for at least 100 million years, as witnessed in a rare find of Early Cretaceous amber from Sussex , southern England . [ 2 ] Insects can get trapped in spider webs, providing nutrition to the spider; however, not all spiders build webs to catch prey , and some do not build webs at all. " Spider web " is typically used to refer to a web that is apparently still in use (i.e. clean), whereas " cobweb " refers to abandoned (i.e. dusty) webs. [ 3 ] However, "cobweb" is used to describe the tangled three-dimensional web [ 4 ] of some spiders of the Therididae family.