Nurseryweb spiders

I hese large, long-legged spiders are very similar to wolf spiders (see p.233), except that their eyes are smaller. Their body coloring varies from pale gray to dark brown, while the legs can be brown or white and may have yellow bands. Rather than catch prcv with webs, they run on the ground to hunt prey. The carapace is oval, with longitudinal markings. The common name refers to the protective web spun by the females for her young.

• life Cycle The female carries her egg sac in her chelicerae. When the young arc about to hatch out, many females spins a tentlike nursery web around the sac, among vegetation. She then guards her spiderlings.

• OC< :i rrenc :i Worldwide. Widespread in various habitats on the ground and on the surface of still water or on aquatic plants.

l)OU)Mhl)i:s SPKCIKS are large, semiaquatie spiders that catch tadpoles and fish fry as well as insects. Common across the Northern I lemispherc, they arc able to jump on and off the water's surface.

Length %_1 jn (1-2.6cm)

Feeding habits J*

0rder ARANKAK

Family SALTICIIMK

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