Shortly after dusk, the spider lowers herself on silk threads, spins a silk line with a sticky blob on the end of it and swings it to catch the moths or other insects that have been attracted by the chemicals. The spider gets its name from the bolas (ball-on-a-string) weapon used by Eskimos and South American Indians. � Peter J. Bryant| Here she has caught a cranefly. � Peter J. Bryant|
Here she is hauling it in. � Peter J. Bryant|
Here she is sucking blood from her prey. � Peter J. Bryant|
Here she has caught a moth, wrapped it in silk, and is feeding on it. � Peter J. Bryant| The egg cases of this spider are round balls hanging on silk straps. When discovered, in November 2005 on a kiosk at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay, Newport Beach, California, this female had already made eight egg cases and hung them on a web. Two weeks later, another egg case had appeared! © Peter J. Bryant|
24 May 2006: Adult male just emerged. � Peter J. Bryant | Adult...