Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Spiders in a Web
Name: Brenda
Status: educator
Age: K-3
Location: MO
Country: N/A
Date: 10/31/2005

Why don't spiders get caught in their own web?

Not all webs are sticky. Spiders like familiar orb-weavers that do have sticky webs, mostly walk on the radii, the threads that run outward from the center, which are not sticky. Also, their legs are "groomed with an oily coating that does not stick. However, a spider may get stuck if it happens to be in the web of another kind." From The Book of the Spider," by Paul Hillyard.

J. Elliott

Click here to return to the Zoology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory