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rock weaver

WASPRockWeaverMale-HG.jpg rock weaver spider (Titanoeca brunnea) [male]
Photo © Hank Guarisco

 Features and Behaviors

FEATURES
There are four species of rock weaver spiders in the United States. Their abdomen is usually plain-colored. The body color is generally dark brown.
 
BEHAVIORS
They build sheet webs, usually under rocks, and tend to occupy dry habitats. These spiders use a cribellum instead of spinnerets to release silk. The cribellum is made of plates, and each plate is covered with thousands of tiny spigot openings. These openings release silk strands that are very thin and gathered into silk that appears “woolly.” Adults are active from late spring through early fall.

 Illinois Range