Autumn Spider

The Autumn Spider (Metellina segmentata) is a species of spider that has a Palearctic distribution and has been introduced to Canada. Adults are normally found from August to October. The preferred habitat is open wood edges or gardens. This is one of the most common orb-weaving spiders.

The web of this spider has no threads at its center. Most webs are built low above the ground. The spider sits at the center during the day for long periods of time. Sometimes it will hide at the edge and wait for prey. It uses a signaling thread to help it sense its prey. During the mating season in September several males wait for prey in the web of a female. When an insect is caught, all the males go for it. The first to get it will wrap it up and present it to the female. The male will also signal the female by plucking the threads of the web. The female deposits yellow eggs on a twig or on bark in a spherical white cocoon.

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