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Communal Web Spiders

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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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Re: Spider question

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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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