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Net-casting spiders are a garden Spider commonly seen on shrubs in gardens and bushland around Sydney. they have to be one of the most interesting spiders known in the gardenwith there unique way of hunting and catching there prey.
This spider has a rather stick-like appearance. The females are a light rusty brown color, but the stick-like males are Grey with a dark brown stripe along the body which is 1.5-2.5 cm in length.Like most spiders they have eight eyes, but two of them are extremely large and peer out from the head like searchlights. These eyes give the spiders excellent night vision
The way Net Casting spider's catch there prey is amazing. At night the spider build's a small rectangular sized web, made with wool-like, silk threads. They then carefully aim a few small splodges of droppings, which are a bright white color, onto the surface just below them, such as a leaf or branch. They use these spots as a prey-sensing system. The net-casters then hang's head-down holding the corners of their snare-web in their front legs. When they see a wandering insect pass over the white target spots, they lunge downwards with the snare and entangle the victim in it. The spiders then wrap extra silk around their struggling catch and bite it, injecting poison and digestive enzymes. Net-casting spiders catch and feed on beetles, ants, crickets, spiders and even moths in flight.
The Net Casting Spider can befound throught the eastern states of Australia and even in Tasmania
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