The Gladiator Spider

This spider uses its webbing to create a net and then drops it down on a prey. One of the most beautiful and elegant spiders, the Gladiator Spider. Gladiator spiders choose dry habitat where they can easily blend in. They frequent dry creek beds, tree trunks, dead logs, shrubbery and house siding. These fairly small critters disguise themselves as twigs during daylight. They come in mottled grays, tans and browns. When they’re resting they hold their legs in such a way that they look like small twigs or leaf debris. They usually drop nets from above, but they can pitch them backward over their heads to catch flying insects. Gladiators hunt at night. In fact, they rarely move at all unless it’s dark.

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