Long-Jawed Orb Weavers have big mouths, but make no noise. They hang up-side-down, silently waiting for a meal to drop in.
The Long-Jawed Orb Weaver has an incredibly long set of front of legs. The female's mouth part, the chelicerae, is also unusually long as well. Males have a very short chelicerae.
This spider weaves a small, horizontal web between the stems of a plant or shrub. It lies in wait on a stem, vertically, with its front pairs of legs stretched before it and its hing pairs of legs wrapped around the stem. The spiral web has a hole in the center. Any disturbance will cause the spider to descend.
Females lay their egg sac nearby in a silken cocoon. Once hatched, the spiderlings disperse and weave their own webs on other plants.
Scientific Name: Tetragnatha spp.
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 12mm (0.20in to 0.47in)
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Legs: Spiders have four pairs of legs and these are attached to the cephalothorax.
Pedipalps: Small appendages near the mouth used as taste and smell organs.
Cephalothorax: Contains eyes, head, mouthparts, and legs.
Abdomen: Contains various organs related to digestion, reproduction, and web-making.
Spinnerets: Used in the production of spider silk for fashioning webs or catching prey.
NOTE: Unlike insects, spiders have both an endoskeleton (internal) and exoskeleton (external).