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Cobweb spiders

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Description

Cobweb spiders, like all spiders, have eight legs. In most species, the abdomen is marked with colourful patterns that simplify identification. These spiders have “combs” on their hind legs that they use to wrap their prey in layers of silk.

The shapes of the webs woven by these spiders vary greatly from one species to another. The spiders often rest head down on their webs.

Life cycle

The young look like miniature adults. They grow by moulting – the number of moults depends on the species.

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