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Dictynidae Dictyna sp.

(possibly D. sublata)



Order: Araneae

Family: Dictynidae (Mesh Web Weavers)

Genus: Dictyna (Tangled Mesh Weavers)



Description:
Dictyna is short legged, and has eight eyes, which shine copper in the light. The abdomen is rounded, even in the male, and covered with long, fine hairs with an area in the center which is almost hairless. The species are very similar in shape and pattern, with wide in-species variation. The male is usually darker than the female. Most are 2-4mm.

Behavior:
Dictyna spin cribellate webs as irregular snares in the tops of plants. They prefer dead, dry vegetation. The web is permanent and becomes full of debris.








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Last updated 12/13/2004