Long-Jawed Orb Weaver (Tetragnatha spp.)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Long-Jawed Orb Weaver, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 8/2/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.