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Fri May 28, 2010 9:23 am Unread post
Hi all,

I got a question for that has both me and brother stumped. So far either I can't work Google or I'm just blind to find the answer. :wall:

My question is this what are the spiders that live in the webs of other spiders known as?

I know of small parasides living on some webs but not of other spiders. :hmz: I got this question from a friend and now I'm curious to find out the answer as well. Any ideas?

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Fri May 28, 2010 10:09 am Unread post
You don't mean communal spiders?


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Fri May 28, 2010 10:27 am Unread post
Perhaps it can be but do all communal spiders live off the webs from other spiders or do they make their own? I know some species of communal spiders do spin their own webs/nests.


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Fri May 28, 2010 11:09 am Unread post
Communal spiders build their own web. The difference is that it is not an open web such as other spiders. They rather build a messy cocoon type of structure, in which they hide. This can become huge and is often seen in trees, bushes and even on fences. The structure can contain tens and hundreds of spiders. They do not share the web of other spiders.

You find parasitic spiders on the webs of other spiders. They do not feed on the spider itself, but rather share the prey the host caught (clepto-parasites). They tend to be much smaller than the host spider. You will often find small "dew drop" spiders on the webs of golden orb webbed spiders as an example. This is not to be confused with the male spiders of the orb species, who also stay on the web and are also much smaller than the female.


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Fri May 28, 2010 11:37 am Unread post
Thank you Imberbe, I've learnt something once again :wink:


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