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The eco-savvy Trashline Orbweaver reuses dried leaf and plant debris around it to enhance its web.
The name of this spider stems from a thick line of silk in the web called a 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 from flying through a web, destroying it. Others speculate it aids in mating. Regardless, the Trashline Orbweaver collects bits of local plant trash and debris and builds it into that part of its web. It also uses debris to hide itself.
Trashline Orbweavers are a mix of browns, white, and black. The abdomen tapers to a rounded point. They can be found sitting on their webs, or sheltered near them in grasslands, gardens, parks, fields, and meadows. Like other Orb Weaver Spiders, the Trashline Orbweaver spins a circular web. Theirs has smaller, net-like circles in the center. It gets rebuilt every day.
Scientific Name: Cyclosa turbinata
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 20mm (0.23in to 0.78in)
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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).