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    Trashline Orb Weaver - (Cyclosa turbinata)

    The eco-savvy Trashline Orb Weaver reuses the leaf and plant debris around it to enhance its web.

    Staff Writer (2/7/2014): The name of this spider stems from its thicker line of silk in the web (stabilimentum). The purpose of the stablimentum has not been concretely determined in academic circles. Some argue it is designed to attract insects, but deter birds (which could destroy a web). Others speculate it aids in mating. Regardless, the Trashline Orbweaver collects bits of debris in that part of its web and hides in it.

    They can be found in grasslands, gardens, parks, fields and meadows. Like other Orb Weavers, the Trashline Orb Weaver spins a circular web and rebuilds it every day.

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    Trashline Orb Weaver

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Trashline Orb Weaver
    Scientific Name: Cyclosa turbinata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Araneidae
           Genus: Cyclosa
            Species: turbinata

    Size (Adult, Length): 6mm to 20mm (0.24in to 0.79in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; black; white

    Additional Descriptors: biting, venomous

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

    * 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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