Orb weaving spiders make their webs at night and take them down during the morning. The task of web making is extremely tiring and the hungry exhausted spider will eat the old torn web as a protein food source. In taking down the web, the smart sassy spider will leave behind a base line scaffolding to rebuild a new web onto. Most webs become tattered and torn and must be rebuilt as they also loose their stickiness and become inefficient in capturing prey. Eating the old webbing is an amazing example of spider efficiency – recycling as a food source! Nature rocks!
Photo credit: Mike Brown