8. Find a spider web
Spiders are amazing creatures and their webs are one of the marvels of nature! Not all spiders create webs, but many do, and they can be found fairly easily. Spider webs can be found inside homes, barns and sheds, but some of the best webs are found outside. Some good places to look are on tree trunks and tree branches, or on plants and flowers in a field or meadow. One of the best times to look for spider webs is on a cool early morning before the dew dries up. The dew will cover the web and allow it to be seen much easier and the sun’s raise will make the webs sparkle! This special time makes an already impressive web into an unforgettable experience!
STAY SAFE – do not attempt to touch or pick up any spider. There are a few species found in our area that can be dangerous to humans.
Internet links to help you:
Identify Spiders: A How-to Guide http://www.wildernesscollege.com/identify-spiders.html
Spiders of Indiana http://www.spiders.us/species/filter/indiana/
Spider Science – Exploring the World of Webs
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Are You a Spider? by Judy Allen, Illustrated by Tudor Humphries
The Spider Makes a Web by Joan M. Lexau, Illustrated by Arabelle Wheatley
Spinning Spiders by Melvin Berger, Illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Up, Up and Away by Ginger Wadsworth
Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin, Illustrated by Harry Bliss
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White