Orb Web Spider (Araneidae)
The spiders in this group spin almost circular webs which are attached to the available vegetation.
The orb comprises radial threads on which sticky spiral threads are placed. Waxy hairs on the spiders feet prevent the spider itself becoming trapped in its own web. Most spiders will retreat a short way from the web but in contact with a signal line that alerts the spider to the arrival of potential prey.
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