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Trashline Orb Weaver

©Dawne M. Dunton

Myrtle Beach, United States

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Cyclosa turbinata – Trashline Orb Weaver – The trashline spiders weave an orb web and then decorate it with trash. The spider’s collection of trash contains the remains of prey, other debris, and sometimes their egg sacs. These decorations hang vertically down the middle of the web. The orb weaver waits for its prey smack in the center of its web where she blends in well with the trashline. Her trashline serves very well as camouflage. These decorations may also help increase prey capture.

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