Tuesday, August 7, 2007

observed in a friend's yard...Golden silk orb-weavers

Some "Golden silk orb-weavers" display an almost manic fear of cockroaches Their fast movements and large, dark shape cause some of these spiders to run from or ignore a perfectly delectable meal. "Golden silk orb-weavers" are known to sometimes be cannibalistic with spiders that are even their same size. In thge U.S., N. clavipes ranges throughout the coastal southeast and inland, from North Carolina to Texas, its distribution in many regions seems localized, and may be completely absent (or just hard to find) over wide areas. Conversely, in some arboreal or swampy nooks large numbers of adults and their webs can be found in almost frightening concentrations, especially near the coast. above quoted from from this article

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