Spider Web “Plugs” and Spider “Bugs”

Jumping Spider with web in neighboring tunnel

Jumping Spider with web in neighboring tunnel

Spiders strike fear in many of us, but they are an important part of our natural world and can even be pretty darn cute! Your bee block is the perfect place to call home for a variety of critters, so you may find some spiders or their webs. When you find a Spider Web in your block, please report it.  In most cases, we ask that you just let the spider reside in your block.  They may even help keep the parasite populations down.

Most of the spiders you will find in your block will be the cute Jumping spiders.  If you don’t believe Jumping spiders can be cute, this video might just change your mind:

Some spiders may need to be relocated if their webs cover the front of the bee block

Some spiders may need to be relocated if their webs cover the front of the bee block

In a few cases, when other spiders such as Funnel Weavers move in, their webs may cover the entire block.  In this case, we suggest you help your spider move to a new location in your yard–otherwise bees and other pollinators will have trouble getting into, or out of, their nests.

Spider Webs occur in all tunnel sizes and can be found from early spring though late fall.  Since spider webs are variable in appearance, we are including photos here for you to browse through.  Spider webs are made of long strands of threadlike spider silk.  They are typically white, but the stickier ones will have bits of sawdust in them, and if you poke them they’ll feel bouncy or springy.

It can be easy to confuse spider webs with a few different types of plugs, so don’t be afraid to get a closer look.  You’ll soon see the differences. Superficially, spider webs might look like Silk plugs (but silk plugs have a papery texture and tear easily, only occur in small tunnel diameters and only during summer and fall); Loose Debris (which has nothing holding the bits together, unlike a sticky spiderweb); Resin with Debris (which are soldered in place with dried resin); or Plant Fuzz (which is a more solid wad of short fibers).  When in doubt, snap a photo and submit it with your report or post it on the forum!!

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