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Identifier: americanspiderst188901mcco
Title: American spiders and their spinningwork. A natural history of the orbweaving spiders of the United States, with special regard to their industry and habits
Year: 1889 (1880s)
Authors: McCook, Henry C. (Henry Christopher), 1837-1911
Subjects: Spiders -- United States
Publisher: [Philadelphia] author, Academy of natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Contributing Library: MBLWHOI Library
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the forks, a height of six feet. Thus the space to be Araneides des les Isles La Reunion, &c., page XIX. CONSTRUCTION OF AN ORBWEB. 67 traversed in passing from tlie top of one of the forks to a similar point onthe opposite one, presented comparatively few difficulties. But no attempt wasmade to carry the line around, and as the wind had evidently not changedduring the night, no web appeared on the tree in the morning. Duringthe next evening the same restless movement along the bare limbs of thesapling was repeated, and was terminated at a late hour Ijy a rare accident.A large moth, attracted by tlie lantern, became entangled upon a singleshort thread strung between two small twigs, whereupon Strix pouncedupon it, swathed and fell to feeding on it. Next morning a tiny orbwebhad been built around the shell of the moth at the point of capture. During both evenings this spider at frequent intervals poised herselfat the extremity of twigs, and emitted threads from her spinnerets which

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Trial AirLines. Fig. 63. Seeking attachment for foundation lines. entangled upon some of the short twigs, l)ut never upon the opposite fork,as the wind was steadilj contrary. No other entanglement wassecured, as there was no elevated object in the direction of thewind for a great distance. However, I could at any time obtainan entanglement upon my hand liy arresting the thread. By imitatingthe motion of a swaying leaf or limb, the spider was caused to perceive theattachment, and immediately ventured upon the line. (See Fig. 63.) Oncethe thread fastened ujjon my face, and the animal was allowed to cross theline, a distance of four or five feet, until within a few inches of the face,when she took in the situation, instantly cut the line and swung downwardand backward over the long arc, and, after a few oscillations, climbed upthe line to the point of departure. Her willingness to use air currents formaking transit lines was thus quite as manifest as her then inability toget a foundation


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