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Ogre-faced Spider, missed - Biodiversity Shorts #9

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Published on Jun 8, 2014

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From the family Deinopidae, these spiders are also known as net casting spiders. The 'net' that they cast is actually quite complicated and it takes the spider about 20 minutes to create it from scratch. The thicker net threads have the ability to stretch a great deal enabling the Ogre faced spider to spread it wide of her target.
The ogre faced spider detects is prey by sight with two of its greatly enlarged eyes which are adapted for nocturnal hunting.
I have since discovered more of these spiders in my garden and have even observed one with its trap set up horizontally on a tree trunk. Hopefully in the future I will have a longer video on this fascinating spider.

There are some challenges with filming this guy, I am realising that the only way to get the shots that you see by others is to have one of these captive in an aquarium.

If you are interested in the gear that I use to shoot Biodiversity Shorts please visit the gear section of my website:
http://www.biodiversityshorts.com/gear

Thanks for watching,
Marc.

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