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What is the difference between cobwebs and spider webs?

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H. Martin

H. Martin

H. Martin
H. Martin, Content Writer, Charlotte

Answered Jul 27, 2020

Cobweb and spiderwebs are usually used interchangeably, which is not correct. Cobwebs and spiderweb are present in isolated corners or places that are not often cleaned.

Cobwebs are produced by a family of spiders known as Theridiidae. Cobwebs are tangled and irregular web, which are made by a family of spiders. Cobweb and spider webs are similar; the differences between them are identified mainly by a professional zoologist.

Spiderwebs are similar to cobwebs, they are made by spiders, but there are some differences in the species responsible for making spiderwebs. The species responsible for making spider webs are the Nephilidae, Tetragnathidae, Araneidae. The difference between them is also base on the exact consistency of the silk used to make the web.

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C. Marcus

C. Marcus

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C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered May 05, 2020

Cobwebs and spider webs are inherently the same except that cobwebs are older. A spider web is a form of webbing that is created by a spider and spun from spider silk. Its primary purpose is to trap their prey for food. It becomes a place in which the spider finds a home.

Webs that are currently being used by the spider are called spider webs. When the spider decides it is time to relocate or it dies, the result is a cobweb, especially if it has been years since the spider spun its web. Sometimes a spider web has existed for a long time and has gone through several transformations, and it becomes a cobweb.

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