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Spiders

Spiders and other Arachnids

Orb Weaver
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Hiding by day to avoid predators (birds) and active at night to become predators, these spiders build a new web every night. They build near trees and hedges to ensnare moths as they emerge from their day rest to feed on flowers at dusk or as they return at dawn. Since they have relatively poor eyesite, they detect prey through web vibrations. You can see them in daylight by closely examining the web and following a single taut strand from the web's center to their hiding place under a leaf nearby.

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