August 24, 2006
~ 'Cause They're a Family / Oh Yes a Family ~

New Scientist is carrying this story detailing the discovery of a very rare society-focused spider species:

The spiders live in nests that house up to several thousand individuals which hunt by hanging threads from low lying leaves. They then hide upside down, beneath the leaves waiting for prey.

When an insect flies into the strands a group of spiders drop down and throw sticky webbing over it. To finish off the ambush they inject venom with their tiny jaws.

The fact that they seem to only live in a small chunk of Ecudoran rain forest is just fine by me. Creepy!

Posted by scott at August 24, 2006 08:33 AM

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