Image: W31- tangle web
W31 - tangle web. Web2spider Identification Guide.
- Helen Smith
- © Australian Museum
- Tangle webs with long lines always go down to a firm surface (e.g. ground or log).
- Retreat in dense tangle, thimble shaped, usually under shelter.
- Sticky droplets near ends of long lines only.
- The retreat may be of thickly tangled silk and often contains egg sacs as well as a spider, which hangs upside down.
- The long lines are catching points. Crawling animals get stuck to the sticky droplets that are near the end of the long lines. These lines have a weak point just above the substrate so the line breaks and the elasticity takes the prey up toward the spider.
- Small prey such as ants can get caught in a single line, but larger prey such as small mammals and lizards can get caught in many lines.