Tuft-Legged Orb Weavers have hairy legs that help keep everything in place when inspecting and building its fine, lacy webs.
The fine, mesh web of the Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver is a bit different than other orb weavers. The tighter lace constructions has fewer gaps in it, allowing smaller insects to get ensnared just as easily as large ones. Webs are vertical with a slight incline. The hairs on the legs of the spider have it navigate the web without ruining the lines.
Tuft-Legged Orb Weavers can commonly be found in forest undergrowth and shrubs as well as in tall grasses in fields or meadows. Some position themselves in backyard gardens where pollinating insects can become a plentiful food source.
Scientific Name: Mangora placida
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 7mm (0.20in to 0.27in)
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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).