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So, I've decided that I want to breach the first level cavern I've found. I noticed that there are a significant number of Giant Cave Spider Silk covering the floor of the cavern. However, looking in the units menu, I don't see any Giant Cave Spider.

Does this mean that there are no Giant Cave Spiders in the cavern? And would the silk regenerate if there indeed isn't one?

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Yes.

A Giant Cave Spider may or may not be on the map upon embark, or worse, it may be lying in wait to ambush your dwarves, invisible until they get too close, but the presence of their silk is only a dead giveaway that there are some available to your map.

Giant Cave Spider silk will not regenerate without a live Giant Cave Spider to spew it.

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