orb-weavers

orb-weavers

spiders of the family Epeiridae; they contain poisonous substances in their body fluids and eggs and may cause illness in animals that eat them accidentally.
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3 fold increase in vertical cover in the shrub layer of deciduous forests, caused by creation of a dense shrub layer by invading honeysuckle, resulted in a 2-5 fold increase in abundance of overall spiders, several spider families (Anyphaenidae, Araenidae, Salticidae, Theridiidae) and several ecological guilds (foliage runners, orb-weavers, space- web builders, and stalkers).
The American Orb-Weavers Hypognatha, Encyosaccus, Xylethrus, Gasteracantha and Enacrosoma (Araneae: Araneidae).
American Neoscona and corrections to previous revisions of Neotropical orb-weavers (Araneae: Araneidae).
Orb-weavers, from the genus Nephila (nef-i-lah), live in tropical environments, including the Southern United States, Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, and Australia.
Direct-choice experiments would further resolve the question as to why some orb-weavers expend time and energy on web decoration.
Sydney Funnel-webs, Black Widows, Huntsmen, Orb-weavers -- these eight-legged creatures scare people so much that psychologists believe we are genetically programmed with a fear of spiders.
Here on the zoo grounds there's orb-weavers almost anyplace where there's space between bushes and branches.
This large clade can be divided into the Deinopoidea that comprises the primitive orb-weavers and the Araneoidea that includes the "modern" orb-weavers.
Part 1: Family Araneidae (Argiopidae), Typical Orb-weavers.
These results suggest that stabilimenta may greatly affect the foraging success of spiders, and therefore should be seriously considered when studying the foraging ecology of orb-weavers building them.