E-8— Sunday, October 27, 2002 <3lnhtann (gazette jingle spider con kill and eat hundreds of insects during its lifetime. With spiders living in a every environment on our plane^ can assume that trillions of bugs are being eaten by spiders every day. next time you see a spider, try not to think of it as a IttHe monster t/vith i r , iii legs, poisonous fangs, a hairy body and multiple eyes. Think of it as a helpful creature that is just trying to World O litHe leSS buqqy. ^~~Z£~" * - ~Abroke ity L. -' -'/ This edition of Shortcuts is sponsored by; AndreU> Lloyd created some fty cat tunes. Da "\j£~*0:&> "' Spiders produce strands of silk using organs colled Spinnerets" Most spiders have six Spinnerets. A spider receives much of Its information about its Surroundings through thousands of sensitive hairs that cover Its body. A& Spiders are Helpful to people because they eat harmful insects like grasshoppers, locusts, ^•^ flies and mosquitoes. spider'fad? ,e calling Wn fowr e South American tarantulas are argest spiders and may measure nearly 25 cm (10 in) across. spiders /iave two or tkree claims at end of each leg. Most spiders Aave eiglit eyes. Many Spiders live for about one yeajj but Some female tarantula spiders may live -for more years. —>» flotf do you spot a I for more information °n spiders, go to your^ local library and check out these books: "Spectacular Spiders" by Linda Glajer__ Arachnids Millbrook Press), or " World of the Spider" by Adrienne Mason jyJSierro Club Books) By get their name a Greek, legend maiden named Arachne Was turned into a by the Minerva. _— . ~| £- "- -rps' -~^if£i^^^-^'^ •o=->-c='- ' -- r -* Spiders depend on silk. Special silk glands produce different types of silk that can be used for many different purposes. Spiders use their silk to build Webs, nests, protective egg sacs, and special "draglines" that are used as safety ropes. There are more 55,000 known species of spiders, but scientists believe there may be as many as 50,000 species. Spiders are classified as "arachnids" along With daddy longlegs, scorpions and ticks. Spiders are not insects. Insects Six legs while spiders have eight. In addition, spiders do not have wings or antennae, ^g Web-spinning spiders do not get caught In their oWn Web because of oils on their land special c » their feet -// All Spiders spin i silk, but not all] spiders make Webs. Spider silk Is the strongest natural •fiber. It is actually stronger steel. It doefn't have a t ha; a ny a sma number of spider species are dangerous to humans. Spiders rarely bite humans, Spiders are found almost everywhere on, our planet They on mountains) in caves, rain forests, | deserts and ev underk/oter in ponds.J can only liquids, j / d;d Cpider build its Web in ,Shape of a Wav/e?j ^It Wanted to Web. q S Scientists believe spiders^ first appeared about ^00 million years aqo.t WiTfl Young Spiders have an unusual (vay of traveling called "ballooning" To do this, the spiderling climbs to a high place and casts Silk threads up Into the sky. When tht ivind catches the threads, the spider Is lifted off the ground and Into the air. Ballooning spiders have been seen drifting more than 500 km (185 ml) out to sea and as high as 5,000 m (lt,000 ft) In the atmosphere.^ ^—- . . |[ . [|| ... ^j^ 7» download a Shortcut? teacher's "*f or.fVieKa litf of upcoming topifc^ y>-te:;\ft'"' -inoi at: Con you find the hidden Words? Search carefully because some, Words are backward or diagonal TAPAAm/lA SPIDER 606 ARACflMD STICKY WE6 6ALLOOW FANGS SPIN T^RfyAD • EI6flT EYES POISON MIR SILK CRAWL 6ITE LEG ANGAFFP STARRY ANTSPAOS J NGLE A R A C H N I D L L S Y S RBRHAGSHREKBO C R A W L S O, P Y C G A P P I N L E A N E j G H T P RATELBITEDU M P C H U N K O S P I N E E D © Jeff Harris 2002 10/28 Distributed by NEA, Inc.
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