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Wasp Spider with zig-zag stabilimentum

Observed: 3rd September 2010 By: hobgoblinhobgoblin’s reputation in Invertebrateshobgoblin’s reputation in Invertebrateshobgoblin’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Found on it's own in a field near East Hanningfield

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

hobgoblin's picture

Denise the Wasp Spider

Would like to know the purpose of the zig-zag structure in the cobweb , ta v

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Unknown

From memory, I don't think there is one definite explanation for the stabilimentum, but instead several theories. The one I can remember is that it may make the web more visible to birds which might otherwise fly in to it and destroy it.

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Stabilimentum

Ta v much for explanation , that kind of makes sense