Net-Casting Spider Plunges Web On Top Of Prey

Net-casting spiders (genus Deinopis) have a remarkable—albeit unorthodox—hunting technique. By day, they hide stick-like among the brambles and branches of eastern Australian forests, and by night, they build silken webs the size and shape of postage stamps. To catch their prey, the spiders create a silk frame amid low branches of vegetation, filling it in with an elastic silk from its cribellum—a […]


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