Orb web simdkrs

I hesc spiders often have very large abdomens, which can be brightly colored and patterned. In some species, the abdomen may have a strange, angular shape. The legs have three claws and can be very spiny. They have eight eyes - the middle four often forming a square. Males arc often smaller than females. The webs often have a central hub with radiating lines and spirals. Certain species do not make webs at all. Instead, they ensnare moths after dark using a single thread with a bead of glue at the end.

• ICY( AM Mating involves complex courtship. Silk egg sacs arc kept camouflaged inside the web, stuck to vegetation or bark, or buried in leaf-litter.

• OCCl 1RRENCE Worldwide. In a wide variety of different habitats, including grassland, meadows, forests, and gardens.

• REMARK Some tropical species make huge, strong webs and have been known to catch and cat birds. The enormous webs of Nephila species arc used as fishing nets in Papua New Ciuinea.

mottled camouflage coloring

MlCRATHElWA GRACILIS, the spiny orb-weaving spider, is found in North American deciduous forests. The genus has odd, spiny protrusions on the abdomen.

céphalothorax

Feeding habits ^

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Family AROYRONKTIDAK

No. of species j layer of air trapped by body hairs and flicked

"bell" of air held in place in vegetation

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