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Communal Web Spiders

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri May 28, 2010 11:09 am

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

Unread post by Fanta » Fri May 28, 2010 11:37 am

Thank you Imberbe, I've learnt something once again :wink:
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Community Nest Spider

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:33 pm

I know this is not a bird's nest but can anyone tell what bird belongs to this nest?
It fascinated us when found in the Mopani area of Kruger in Feb this year.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by BushFairy » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:36 pm

Hi Elsa :)

I think this is a spiders nest rather than a birds nest :hmz: Don't know which spider it belongs to though!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Bobbi Jane » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:26 pm

It looks like a Rain Spider's nest but I am not 100% sure!
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:31 am

Community nest spiders. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Elsa » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:27 pm

Thanks Imberbe, Bobbi and BushFairy,
must say I wondered about spiders nest but then have seen totally different looking nests, covered more in spiders web that were described as being so, in fact very similar to what I had seen a Grey Penduline Tit's nest looking like.
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