Missing Sector Orb Weaver

Zygiella x-notata

Missing Sector Orb Weaver

Zygiella x-notata fg01 by Fritz Geller-Grimm (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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A close up photograph of an orb web spider Zygiella x-notata
Zygiella x-notata fg01 by Fritz Geller-Grimm (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Zygiella x-notata is a species of spider that can be identified from the web it spins. Around an eighth of the web lacks spiral threads, possessing only one radial line. The lone radial thread acts like a tripwire, allowing the spider to detect the slightest vibration. Following a vibration, Z. x-notata ambushes its prey before covering it with silk.
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Traits

Provide pest control in the home.
Will leave cobwebs in corners of the house.

Appearance

Adults: The carapace is a pale brown, whereas the abdomen is much larger, bulbous and oval in shape. It can be variable but generally possesses a large, grey folium. The hue of colours can differ between individuals. Female spiders are generally larger than males. A female orb web spider of this sort will grow as large as 7mm.

Symptoms

These spiders can provide pest removal services for the garden.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Araneae

Family

Araneidae

Distribution

Europe and Asia and the USA (California)

Biological treatment

Orb web spiders are a natural form of biocontrol in the garden. Encourage them to your green spaces by using bug friendly habitats, or by allowing some parts of the garden to grow wild!

Chemical treatment

It's not recommended to remove beneficial creatures from the garden.
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