Tiny  Uloborid species - Female with prey by Normf
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I cannot identify these spiders (Uloborid species?) but they are very tiny (body 2 or 3mm – excluding legs). Spiders in this family do not have poison glands. They capture prey only relying on wrapping by silk. They build small incomplete orb web, mostly horizontal, usually not as perfect as those built by spiders in other web building families. Some species build web are considered as untidy. They use different type of silk than other spiders, known as cribellate silk which is woolly appearance. Those spiders sometimes find live in group with individual webs loosely connected.

This female was constantly harassed by males (sic) who wanted to steel her prey (a mite??) or do other things while she was distracted!!

Emerald Beach, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Aust

Canon EOS 40D
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/15
Aperture Value 13.0
Metering Mode Spot Metering
ISO Speed 800
Lens EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Focal Length 100.0 mm

Comments

  • Karen Kaleta
    Karen Kaletaabout 5 years ago

    WOW, Very cool capture.

  • Thank you Karen, These tiny guys are so small they would normally go unnoticed. It seemed like another world looking through the lens!

    – Normf

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaabout 5 years ago

    great macro

  • I appreciate that Naveen as these guys (were so small) and were not still for a second so it was a challenging macro!

    – Normf

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkalmost 5 years ago

    This is cool, how tiny are we talking? Nice to see she isn’t offering herself to her babies ;+)

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