Just like humans, spiders begin as babies and end as adults. Follow the spider and learn what happens at each stage of the spider's life cycle.

The stages in the life of a plant or animal make up what is called the life cycle. The word "cycle," just like in bicycle, refers to something that is in a circle. The stages in a life cycle repeat from one stage in life to the next, until they come around full circle.

Think of the life cycle of a human being. First the baby develops inside the mother's uterus. The next stage after birth is called infancy, followed by childhood, and then adolescence (the teenage years).

Adulthood is the stage at which physical growth of the body is complete. Adults can become mothers and fathers and have children. Old age or the later years are the last stage in the human life cycle.