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  • Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider - (Frontinella communis)

    Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider - (Frontinella communis)

    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.

    Staff Writer (10/6/2014): 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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    Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider

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

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

    Size (Adult, 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 an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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