Thursday, August 22, 2013

Long-jawed Orb Weaver Spider

Long-jawed Orb Weaver
The other day I was out trying to get some photographs of the ants feeding on or milking aphids, when I noticed a strange spider on a leaf.  It had extremely long front legs and was moving around and looks like it was trying to weave a web.  I took a number of photographs and after searching on the internet,  come to find out it was a Long-jawed Orb Weaver.  Long-jawed Orb Weavers are members of the genus Tetragnatha.  These Orb Weavers are found worldwide.  The appearance of Orb Weavers a mostly log-leg.  It, thin-body spiders and while at rest, they cling lengthwise along a twig or a blade of grass and hold on with a short third pair of legs and the long pair of legs are extended.  These long-jawed hope Weavers live in Meadows, near water and around banks of waterways.  They spin orb-shaped webs with 10 to 20 spokes radiating out from the center to anchor points.  Their food consists mainly of insects.

Long-jawed Orb Weaver

Long-jawed Orb Weaver starting to spin a web

Long-jawed Orb Weaver starting to spin a web