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 Post subject: 5 Spiders 1 Web
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:13 am 
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This is my most unusual spider find to date. Five spiders from three different families are sharing a single web!

This afternoon I went outside to check on my golden silk orbweavers (Nephila clavipes). The female that lives next to the shed is still there, along with her male suitor. I watched her cut a piece of pine straw out of the web for a while until I noticed that the couple was not alone. There are now three other spiders in the web!

I had my husband stand on the other side of the web with a piece of white sheet metal so that the camera would focus on the spiders. The spiders labeled in red are females; the blue labels are for males.
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Here are the usual suspects.
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One is interloper is a female dewdrop spider (Argyrodes). These kleptoparasites are often found in Nephila clavipes webs, so although I have never seen one in person before, that did not surprise me.
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The surprising find is a pair of orchard orbweavers (Leucauge venusta). The female actually built a web within the Nephila clavipes web! Her male suitor is on the other side of the Nephila clavipes web.
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 Post subject: Re: 5 Spiders 1 Web
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:47 am 
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Very interesting. Nice pics!



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:27 pm 
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I checked on them again today. The male orchard orbweaver is gone, but the other spiders are still there.



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