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Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider (Frontinella communis)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider

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The Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider sets an elegant table setting out of its spider silk, though any guest will not be the one dining.

Updated: 01/02/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider is a member of the Sheet-Web family. The distinct shape of the web created by this species helps identify it. The 'bowl' part of the web sits on top of a flat sheet of lacy web that resembles a doily (an ornate dinner mat). The spider sits beneath the 'bowl', but above the 'doily' while it waits for prey to get entangled. This seems to be an advantageous position because it allows the spider to survey its web while maintaining some protection from its own predators. Once an insect is captured, the spider bites it and injects venom. This immobilizes the victim and the spider pulls it down through the web 'bowl' for consumption. The Bowl and Doily Spider may rebuild highly damaged parts of the 'bowl' in order to aid in ensnaring more prey.

Bowl and Doily Spiders are small and reddish brown. Legs are a light brown, almost yellow, color. The abdomen has white dots along the sides and is covered in short, fine hairs. Male and female spiders may actually share a web for a time. Bowl and Doily Weavers can be found in a variety of climates. Temperate woods offer home sites on tree leaves and low-growing shrubs. They may also be found in alpine forests on evergreens and in more tropical, humid areas, too. ©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Linyphiidae
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          Genus: Frontinella
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            Species: communis

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Frontinella communis
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.11" to 0.31")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; ivory; white; black; yellow, red
Descriptors: biting; venomous; spots

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 3mm (0.1in) and 8mm (0.3in)
Lo: 3mm
Md: 5.5mm
Hi: 8mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Bowl and Doily Weaver Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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