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Dewdrop spider

Argyrodes sp.

Description:

Tasting a big, fat ant.

Habitat:

Depleted secondary forest.

Notes:

Theridiidae

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7 Comments

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Chun, I often find these spiders running free, hidden under a leaf (http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/157...). They are at least double the size of the Argyrodes I found in webs. My guess is that these bigger ones are perfectly capable of stalking and hunting large preys.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 3 years ago

Only Sergio can tell whether this is a kleptoparasite.
Does it has its own web or is it living in a larger web owned by another spider?

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Nice one, Sérgio! Congrats.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Thank you, Daniele, for giving me this honor again. No matter how many times it happened, it is always like the first time. And thanks also for mentioning my spiders album, most people are so afraid of them that they do not realize how beautiful they are.

Great find Xara,very cool ,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks forsharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Sergio, your Dewdrop spider is our Spotting of the Day:

"This Dewdrop Spider (Argyrodes sp.) is about to have a large tasty meal in our Spotting of the Day, but was it responsible for catching it? Spiders in the genus Argyrodes (family Theridiidae) are kleptoparasites: they take preys that have been caught by other spiders.
Find our more about dewdrops spiders and kleptoparasitism in this blog piece written by Project Noah ranger, insect guide book author and writer Eric Eaton: https://buff.ly/2EdYGCN
Check out Sergio's fantastic mission on Spiders from Parana: https://buff.ly/2EbyV5O "

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KittyLOL910
KittyLOL910 3 years ago

I did'nt know animals were so interesting!

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

PR, Brazil

Spotted on Feb 4, 2018
Submitted on Feb 4, 2018

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