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Saturday, January 05, 2008

MISSING SECTOR ORB WEAVER


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Yep.
ANOTHER Spider, for all you arachnaphobes. I'm sorry!
This one I found in the dining room yesterday.

Its common name is the "Missing sector spider" (Zygiella x-notata). It can be recognised by the fact it is invariably found near human habitiation, often in window frames or strangely enough, boat-yards? (I don't know either)! It is small, has a brown, almost translucent cephalothorax (with fine hairs like a comb-over), and a distinctive leaf pattern on is brown (or pink in our case) furry abdomen.


It is very common, and is active in the colder months too thanks to its affinity with human habitation. (It does prefer the warmth of summer, which it gets all year round thanks to our homes).

Its called the Missing Sector Orb Weaver because of its very characteristic web pattern - with a sector missing in the top corner, along which runs a "signal thread". The spider often sits out of sight, with its 2 long front legs on this thread. You can guess what happens next... Zygiella sp web, image courtesy of wikipedia

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