Ogre-faced spider traps prey with a net

Ogre-faced spider with netOur new book, Florida’s Fabulous Spiders, has a section titled “Endangered, Specialist, and Unusual Spiders” which contains the ogre-faced spider. These spiders cast a web between their front legs and then nab prey with the net, which is fluffy like yarn instead of sticky. Insects get tangled up and can’t escape before the spider wraps up its prize.

We haven’t yet gotten a picture of its face, not wanting to bother it too much with the light. Their eyes are so sensitive, they can barely, if at all, see in the bright sunlight.

Here’s a super cool video about the ogre-faced spider, showing how it hunts.

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