The legs of this spider are hairy and the foremost pair are quite long. They create webs to catch prey, but do not have sticky silk. Instead, small prey get tangled in the fine threads in such a way that stickiness is not necessary. The cribellum on the legs allow the spider to 'comb' its web, keeping the fine strands separated until prey enters.
Webs are built parallel to the ground. The spider sits on or near it in a 'tucked' position, giving it the appearance of a dead flower or piece of leaf.
Common name: Cribellate Orb Weaver
Scientific Name: Uloborus spp.
Other Names: Feather-legged Orb Weaver
Identifying Colors: brown; tan
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Florida; Georgia; Alabama; Mississippi; Louisiana; Texas
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