009 - Ogre-faced Spider, missed.

posted Jun 8, 2014, 9:00 AM by Marc Griffith   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:36 PM ]

Ogre faced spider


From the family Deinopidae, these spiders are also known as net casting spiders. The 'net' that they cast is actually quite complicated and it takes the spider about 20 minutes to create it from scratch. The thicker net threads have the ability to stretch a great deal enabling the Ogre faced spider to spread it wide of her target.
The ogre faced spider detects is prey by sight with two of its greatly enlarged eyes which are adapted for nocturnal hunting.
I have since discovered more of these spiders in my garden and have even observed one with its trap set up horizontally on a tree trunk. Hopefully in the future I will have a longer video on this fascinating spider.

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Thanks for watching, 
Marc.