Why You Should Admire Spiders (Even if You Don’t Like Them)

Even if the thought of spiders makes you want to run shrieking in the opposite direction, you have to admit—they’re pretty amazing. Not only does their silk have more tensile strength than steel, their webs literally are the stuff of legends.

Ancient Greek mythology holds that spiders get their namesake from a village girl named Arachne, who challenged the goddess Athena to a weaving contest only to be turned into a spider when her work was deemed superior.

Nature’s master weavers, different spiders use different webs for different reasons (and some don’t even use them). So, what kinds of spiders are you likely to see in and around your home, and what do their webs look like? Ipswich River Property Manager Richard Wolniewicz helps unravel the mystery.

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