The Tuft-Legged Orbweaver has hairy legs that help keep everything in place when the spider builds and inspects its delicate, lacy web.
The fine, mesh web of the Tuft-Legged Orbweaver is a bit different than that created by other orbweavers. Its tighter lace construction has fewer gaps in it, allowing smaller insects to get ensnared just as easily as large ones. Webs are built vertically, but they have a slight incline. The long, spiky hairs on the legs of the spider help it navigate the web without ruining the fine lines.
A Tuft-Legged Orbweaver is mottled brown and blends in easily with leaf litter and wood. It can commonly be found in forest undergrowth and shrubs as well as in tall grasses, fields, or meadows. Some spiders position themselves in backyard gardens where pollinating insects 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).