Do Spiders Have Families?


In this blog post, we will be discussing the social aspect of spiders’ life in great detail and start off by answering the question “Do Spiders Have Families?”. Spiders are really fascinating and interesting creatures. You might hate them or they may disgust you but you cannot refuse to believe how impressive these little monsters are!

A picture of social spiders to better answer "Do Spiders Have Families?"

Spiders are the most widely inhabited anthropods which mean they are not in anyway insects. Yes, you heard me right spiders are not insects. So why are you reading this blogpost under the name “Insect101” because spiders are commonly perceived as insects and leaving behind our favorite and coolest crawling creep would be such a loss!

Back to our main question today of the blog- Do Spiders Have Families? the short and quick answer to this question would be “Yes, they do obviously have families, but not many of the spider’s species are social and spiders mostly work and roam alone. Some of the species of the spiders do prefer to work and live in groups, and these groups are known as “Colonies”

Many species of social spiders have been found to live in the tropical regions of the world. This is where insect size and density is highest and several species end up coming into the eastern United States and other temperate areas. One of the other things that is quite common in social spiders who prefer to live in groups is that they build communal webs.

A Video Of Some Social Spiders

By building a communal web, these spiders are able to maximize total biomass capture per spider. As Having a larger web which all of the spiders in the group have made commulatibvely means that they will be able to capture bigger insects, birds and sometimes even bats. This is something way bigger then what they are usually able to achieve solitarily. Moreover, Living in a spider colony also has another benefit for spiders and that is cooperative nest maintenance. Nest maintenance does not rely solely on an individual in a colony. This basically means that each and every one of the spiders will be contributing somewhat in one way or another. This also decides up the overall burden and helps in building a better and stronger nest for all

Different Levels Of Sociality In Spiders

Iike we discussed above, there is no uniform level of social aspect present in all of spider species, their social behaviour varies from little to quite a bit depending on the type of spider’ specie in question. Most commonly the social behviours of spiders have been caterogorized into 6 main categories and it is estimated that spiders as anthropod have evolved nearly 19 times when it comes to their social aspects of life. Most of the 6 categories of social behavior of social spiders include spiders using the same nest, copulate each other and provide food if possible

Moving on into a bit more depth into the social life of spiders, the level of sociality can vary quite a bit within a single specie of a spider as well as you might have guessed. This is mostly due to the differnet environments that they are sorounded and the things they are bound to do for survival. These adaptations that they embed into their lifestyles help them survive better.

One of the most social spiders’ species are Anelosimus eximius. They are quite often found working and living together. Moreover they have often also been seen making webs of over 25 feet long and even have upto 50,000 spiders living in their colonies, yea that’s right, over 50,000 spiders living together

Another very interesting thing about the above mentioned species is that these spiders even take care of each other’s younglings, cooperate and share food with each other

Evolutionary Advantage Of Social Spiders

It has been found by recent studies that social spiders tend to be more safe and produce healthier children when it comes to procreating. This as you might have guessed is due to the help each and every one of them is provided from their fellow spider pals. As these spiders are able to divide the workload and even specialize tasks to some extent, the webs they make catch more prey, the nests they make are more secure and safe and young baby spiders have quite a lot of older spiders taking care of it in any case. Moreover, it has also been shown by recent studies that nearly over 60% of not social spider colonies eventually end up dying out.

Specialisation In Social Spiders

As you might have guessed, social spiders also special in a few things that they are assigned to do, this increases the overall efficiency of the group along with the overall productivity of the group. Most of their specialised jobs that they are to be assigned become quite vivid from their very early days as they start showcasing different kinds of behaviours even as babies, for example, there are some aggressive spiders that display bold behaviors, taking over a situation and dominating over their passive siblings, they are better suited as leaders and attackers to in case there is a dangerous situation at hand

Social Spiders Welcoming New Comers

As you might have guessed, social spiders are quite good natured in the convetnional sense of things when compared to other solitary spiders, this also means that they are quite welcoming to any other spider who might want to join them most of the times. Moreover, they also don’t care about the species of the new comer and welcome it regardless.

Hopefully, this article was heflpul in giving you an insight into the social life of spiders and answering a few questions that you might have had about them. If you are interested in going through some interesting facts about social spiders, ranker.com has a great article written on just that, you can give it a look “here“. And if you want to go through an article about “Do Spiders Get Revenge?”, we have an article written on that as well, you can give it a look “here

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