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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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.
Not so for a golden orb-weaver in Atheron, Australia: It nabbed a bird in a stealth attack.
The golden orb-weaver will eat anything it catches in its web--including the bird pictured at right.
Direct-choice experiments would further resolve the question as to why some orb-weavers expend time and energy on web decoration.
Here on the zoo grounds there's orb-weavers almost anyplace where there's space between bushes and branches.
Part 1: Family Araneidae (Argiopidae), Typical Orb-weavers.
Small orb-weavers of the genus Araneus north of Mexico (Araneae: Araneidae).
The Neotropical and Mexican species of the orb-weaver genera Araneus, Dubiepeira and Aculepeira (Araneae: Araneidae).
Keys to the genera of araneid orb-weavers (Araneae, Araneidae) of the Americas.
The American orb-weaver genera Cyclosa, Metazygia and Eustala north of Mexico (Araneae, Araneidae).