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Orb Weaver Spider

Family Araneidae

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Overview

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Biology

Web Construction: Orb-weaver spiders are well-known for their intricate, circular webs. These webs serve as both traps and homes. They are constructed by the spider to catch flying insects like flies, mosquitoes, and other small prey.
Lifecycle: Orb-weaver spiders undergo complete metamorphosis, with stages including egg, larval, nymphal, and adult. Female orb-weavers can lay hundreds of eggs at a time.
Behavior: They are typically docile and not aggressive toward humans. When disturbed, they may retreat to a safe location within their web.
Silk Production: Orb-weaver spiders produce silk from specialized glands, using it not only to build their webs but also for constructing egg sacs, lining their retreats, and for use in courtship rituals.

Food

Diet: Orb-weaver spiders are primarily insectivores. They capture a variety of flying insects that become entangled in their webs, including flies, moths, mosquitoes, and other small arthropods.
Predation: Some larger orb-weaver species can capture relatively large prey, including grasshoppers and wasps, in their webs.

Orb-weaver spiders are a diverse group of arachnids known for their distinctive, circular, wheel-shaped webs. These spiders play a crucial role in controlling insect populations and are commonly encountered in various habitats around the world.

Description

Size: Orb-weaver spiders come in various sizes, but many are relatively small, with body lengths ranging from 5 to 20 mm.
Appearance: They have a round, compact body and eight long legs. Orb-weavers often have bright and colorful markings, which can vary between species. Their abdomens can be large and bulbous.

Habitat

Orb-weaver spiders can be found in a wide range of habitats, from gardens and meadows to forests and wetlands.
Web Location: They build their orb-shaped webs in open spaces between vegetation, where flying insects are likely to pass. The webs are often rebuilt daily, typically at night.

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