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Larinioides cornutus

Larinioides cornutus, the furrow spider,[1] is an orb-weaver spider with Holarctic distribution.

Females reach a body length of about 6–14 mm, males up to 5–9 mm. Leg spans range from 18–35 mm.[1]

These spiders are most often found in moist areas, especially near water. The web is built between grass or in low shrubbery. They hide during the day in a silken retreat that opens at the bottom, masked with plant and animal matter and leave it during the night. The web is remade in the evening.[2]

The male lives with the female during mating time, which is in autumn, and again in spring. The female produces three to five yellow egg sacs during the summer.[2]

There is possibly a distinct species L. folium which is very similar, but occurs in dry habitat.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weber, Larry. (2003) Spiders of the North Woods. Duluth, MN:Kollath+Stensaas Publ. pp.88–89.
  2. ^ a b c Bellmann, H. (1997). Kosmos-Atlas Spinnentiere Europas. Kosmos.

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