Spider Hammocks

The Autumn mornings bejewel spiders silk creations with dew droplets making them obvious amid the vegetation.

Hammock webs hung between the tall stems and in the brambles this morning.

These webs belong to the common Hammock weaver spider (Linyphia triangularis) This is a small spider growing up to 6mm long which sits under the hammock waiting for prey. The prey is caught on the “barrage lines” above the hammock. They fall down onto the platform where they are killed but not wrapped in silk. The family of spiders they belong to is the Linyphiidae which has more than 4,300 species worldwide.

Spider webs Come in different designs and are specific to species so can aid identification . Here are some nice diagrams I found that show the differences and some photos from this mornings walk as examples for some.

The classic ‘web’ everyone thinks of where the word spider is mentioned.

Sheet webs like the hammocks I saw this morning.

I didn’t see any funnel webs this morning but there were plenty in the summer months amongst the brambles.

The teasels seemed to give a perfect anchor point for webs but also attracted the wonderful snails.

A great Autumn walk .


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