Friday, March 23, 2012

Starbellied orbweaver catches a ladybug

starbellied orbweaver

Here is a close up of a starbellied orbweaver eating a spotted lady beetle. The starbellied orbweaver has a uniquely bumpy abdomen. Below you can see the buff coloured abdomen with its spikes. It looks a bit like the end of a stick, which I suspect is a bit of defensive camouflage as when it noticed me it stayed at the branch tip and tucked its thorax and legs down so all you see is its wood coloured abdomen. This species creates a regular web however the one I spotted only had a few web fragments left.

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