Mastophora

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Mastophora

An orb-spinning spider, popularly known as bolas spider for the manner in which it catches its prey, projecting a sticky bola-like mass of silk at the target moth or other flying insect.
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Sexual mimicry in spiders has been reported only in interspecific interactions such as the bolas spider Mastophora sp.
Chemical mimicry: bolas spiders emit components of moth prey species sex pheromones.
Weird Nature: A look at the bizarre techniques animals use to catch their prey, including the devious methods employed by the bolas spider, which lures moths with a tantalising scent then lassoes them with a spool of silk.
These were the ones that covered the Black Widow Spider, the Funnel Web Spider, the Bolas Spider, the Brown Recluse Spider, the Water Spider, the Nursery Web Spider, the Wolf Spider, the Purse Web Spider, the Orb Weaver Spider, the Crab Spider, and the Tarantula.
New results of field studies confirm that the bolas spider first attracts a male moth by emitting odors reminiscent of the sex pheromones released by female moths.
Adult female bolas spiders of North America also mimic insect sex pheromones, says Haynes.
The North American bolas spiders of the genera Mastophora and Agatostichus.