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Net-casting Spider

Deinopis sp


About 2cm body length, with a slender stick-like appearance. These spiders have developed a unique hunting technique: as they dangle from a silken thread, a short distance over the ground or a leaf, they spin a small fuzzy web which they hold between their first two pairs of legs. This fuzzy silk is highly elastic and when prey comes wondering past beneath the spider, she will 'cast' the net over it with enormous speed and accuracy. The prey animal becomes entangled and the spider's next meal.


Mainly in the tropics, worldwide. This specimen was photographed in the tropical rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon region.

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Thank you, Leuba :-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Great spotting Felix. Always a lovely sight the blue-white web.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Thank you, Lauren.

LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Great shot!!!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

Thanks, Jim :-)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Interesting posting, Felix...Well Done!

Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Tálag, Napo, Ecuador

Spotted on Jun 21, 2015
Submitted on Oct 9, 2016

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