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Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider - (Frontinella communis)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 10/6/2014

The Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider sets an elegant table setting out of its spider silk, though its guests will not be the ones dining.





The Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider is a member of the Sheet-Web family. The distinct shape of the web created by this species aids in identifying it. The 'bowl' shaped part of the web sits on top of a flat sheet of lacy web just as a doily (an ornate dinner mat) would. The spider sits beneath the 'bowl', but above the 'doily' while it waits for prey to get entangled. This seems to be an advantageous position as it allows it to survey its web as it gets some protection from its own predators. Once an insect is captured, the spider immobilizes it and pulls it down through the web 'bowl' for consumption. It may rebuild highly damaged parts of the 'bowl' in order to aid in ensnaring more prey.

Bowl and Doily Weavers can be found in woods on leaves and shrubs and in alpine forests as well as in more tropical, humid areas. Male and female spiders may actually share a web for a time.


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Category: Spider
Common name: Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider
Scientific Name: Frontinella communis

Taxonomy:
  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
     Order: Araneae
      Family: Linyphiidae
       Genus: Frontinella
        Species: communis

Adult Size (Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.12in to 0.31in)

Identifying Colors: brown; ivory; white; black; yellow, red

Additional Descriptors: biting, venomous, spots


North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana


* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.