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  • Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver - (Mangora placida)

    Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver - (Mangora placida)

    Tuft-Legged Orb Weavers have hairy legs that help keep everything in place when inspecting and building its fine, lacy webs.

    Staff Writer (2/8/2014): 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.

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    Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Tuft-Legged Orb Weaver
    Scientific Name: Mangora placida

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Araneidae
           Genus: Mangora
            Species: placida

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 7mm (0.20in to 0.28in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; black; white

    Additional Descriptors: biting, venomous, hairy

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; ; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Ontario; Quebec; 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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