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Tuft-legged Orbweaver (Mangora placida)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Tuft-legged Orbweaver

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The Tuft-legged Orbweaver has hairy legs that help keep everything in place when the spider builds and inspects its delicate, lacy web.

Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

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: Araneidae
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          Genus: Mangora
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            Species: placida
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Mangora placida
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 7mm (0.19" to 0.27")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; white
Descriptors: biting, venomous, hairy

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 5mm (0.2in) and 7mm (0.3in)
Lo: 5mm
Md: 6mm
Hi: 7mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Tuft-legged Orbweaver 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 Tuft-legged Orbweaver. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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