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Araneidae Araneus nordmanni

Order: Araneae

Family: Araneidae (orb weavers)

Genus: Araneus

The abdomen of A. nordmanni is spotted white and brown. A darker wavy triangle runs down the center, with the broadest part near the cephalothorax. The shoulder humps are not as prominent as other species in this genus. The female is 7 to 19 mm, and the male 5 to 10 mm.

Temperate grassland.

Orb Weavers are known for the large, flat, round web they spin. The basic web form consists of numerous spokes radiating from a central hub. On this base, the spider spins a spiral of viscous silk that ensnares prey that touches it. The spider, waiting either at the center hub or at the periphery, senses vibrations caused by prey caught in the web. Prey is bitten and brought back to either the center or the side of the web where it is eaten. The web is generally maintained for a long time, and repairs are made frequently. Araneus males can only be found for brief periods.

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Last updated 12/13/2004