Once across the threshold, entering the home, domestic invaders are imbued with a menace beyond their still modest size. This is a different group of species from those found in gardens, slightly smaller perhaps, but often longer-legged. They too have benefited from excellent nutritional input this year. Still nothing to fuss about though. Appearance: Mottled, often chevron-patterned grey body to 20mm, bristly leg span to over mm.
Habitat: Falls in baths, creeps across carpets, these usually males looking for mates. Makes messy, flat-matted web in corners behind furniture, pouncing on insects that dare cross the silk. Appearance: Pale short grey body to 10mm in gantry of over-long legs to maybe mm. Habitat: Hangs motionless in feeble, untidy web on cornice or ceiling, but vibrates strands wildly to become a blur if disturbed. Can survive months without food.
Good at eating other spiders. Appearance: Globular body to 10mm, legspan to 25mm. Abdomen glossy black variously marked with handsome pale fleur-de-lis, frond or blotch markings. Habitat: Loose, untidy web in sheds, garages and outbuildings. Can nip if picked up between finger and thumb.
Habitat: Makes retreat in hole in mortar in old wall, picked out by elegant, spoke-like trip-wire silk lines across the brickwork, radius about 60mm. Beautiful bottle-green mouthparts with long fangs that can deliver painful bite. Rare, mostly London and Bristol, old port cities that indicate its Mediterranean origins. Habitat: Under stones and logs with its main prey items — woodlice. Sometimes indoors, in porches or garages.
Mouthparts shining pink, with long red fangs necessary to puncture tough crustacean shells. Can deliver painful nip if handled incautiously.
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Spiders reproduce sexually and fertilization is internal but indirect, in other words the sperm is not inserted into the female's body by the male's genitals but by an intermediate stage. Unlike many land-living arthropods ,  male spiders do not produce ready-made spermatophores packages of sperm , but spin small sperm webs on to which they ejaculate and then transfer the sperm to special syringe -like structures, palpal bulbs or palpal organs, borne on the tips of the pedipalps of mature males.
When a male detects signs of a female nearby he checks whether she is of the same species and whether she is ready to mate; for example in species that produce webs or "safety ropes", the male can identify the species and sex of these objects by "smell". Spiders generally use elaborate courtship rituals to prevent the large females from eating the small males before fertilization, except where the male is so much smaller that he is not worth eating.
In web-weaving species, precise patterns of vibrations in the web are a major part of the rituals, while patterns of touches on the female's body are important in many spiders that hunt actively, and may "hypnotize" the female.
Gestures and dances by the male are important for jumping spiders , which have excellent eyesight. If courtship is successful, the male injects his sperm from the palpal bulbs into the female via one or two openings on the underside of her abdomen.
Female spiders' reproductive tracts are arranged in one of two ways. The ancestral arrangement "haplogyne" or "non-entelegyne" consists of a single genital opening, leading to two seminal receptacles spermathecae in which females store sperm. In the more advanced arrangement "entelegyne" , there are two further openings leading directly to the spermathecae, creating a "flow through" system rather than a "first-in first-out" one.
Eggs are as a general rule only fertilized during oviposition when the stored sperm is released from its chamber, rather than in the ovarian cavity. In these species the female appears to be able to activate the dormant sperm before oviposition, allowing them to migrate to the ovarian cavity where fertilization occurs. In this species the male will penetrate its pedipalps through the female's body wall and inject his sperm directly into her ovaries, where the embryos inside the fertilized eggs will start to develop before being laid.
Males of the genus Tidarren amputate one of their palps before maturation and enter adult life with one palp only. In the Yemeni species Tidarren argo , the remaining palp is then torn off by the female.
The separated palp remains attached to the female's epigynum for about four hours and apparently continues to function independently. In the meantime, the female feeds on the palpless male. Observation shows that most male redbacks never get an opportunity to mate, and the "lucky" ones increase the likely number of offspring by ensuring that the females are well-fed.
Some even live for a while in their mates' webs. The tiny male of the Golden orb weaver Nephila clavipes near the top of the leaf is protected from the female by producing the right vibrations in the web, and may be too small to be worth eating. Gasteracantha mammosa spiderlings next to their eggs capsule. Wolf spider carrying its young on its abdomen.
Females lay up to 3, eggs in one or more silk egg sacs,  which maintain a fairly constant humidity level. Baby spiders pass all their larval stages inside the egg and hatch as spiderlings, very small and sexually immature but similar in shape to adults. Some spiders care for their young, for example a wolf spider 's brood cling to rough bristles on the mother's back,  and females of some species respond to the "begging" behaviour of their young by giving them their prey, provided it is no longer struggling, or even regurgitate food.
Like other arthropods , spiders have to molt to grow as their cuticle "skin" cannot stretch. Spiders occur in a large range of sizes. The smallest, Patu digua from Colombia, are less than 0. Only three classes of pigment ommochromes , bilins and guanine have been identified in spiders, although other pigments have been detected but not yet characterized. Melanins , carotenoids and pterins , very common in other animals, are apparently absent.
In some species, the exocuticle of the legs and prosoma is modified by a tanning process, resulting in brown coloration. Guanine is responsible for the white markings of the European garden spider Araneus diadematus. It is in many species accumulated in specialized cells called guanocytes.
In genera such as Tetragnatha , Leucauge , Argyrodes or Theridiosoma , guanine creates their silvery appearance. While guanine is originally an end-product of protein metabolism, its excretion can be blocked in spiders, leading to an increase in its storage. The white prosoma of Argiope results from hairs reflecting the light, Lycosa and Josa both have areas of modified cuticle that act as light reflectors. Juveniles of some spiders in the families Anyphaenidae , Corinnidae , Clubionidae , Thomisidae and Salticidae feed on plant nectar. Laboratory studies show that they do so deliberately and over extended periods, and periodically clean themselves while feeding.
These spiders also prefer sugar solutions to plain water, which indicates that they are seeking nutrients. Since many spiders are nocturnal, the extent of nectar consumption by spiders may have been underestimated. Nectar contains amino acids , lipids , vitamins and minerals in addition to sugars, and studies have shown that other spider species live longer when nectar is available.
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Feeding on nectar avoids the risks of struggles with prey, and the costs of producing venom and digestive enzymes. Various species are known to feed on dead arthropods scavenging , web silk, and their own shed exoskeletons. Pollen caught in webs may also be eaten, and studies have shown that young spiders have a better chance of survival if they have the opportunity to eat pollen. In captivity, several spider species are also known to feed on bananas , marmalade , milk , egg yolk and sausages.
The best-known method of prey capture is by means of sticky webs. Varying placement of webs allows different species of spider to trap different insects in the same area, for example flat horizontal webs trap insects that fly up from vegetation underneath while flat vertical webs trap insects in horizontal flight. Web-building spiders have poor vision, but are extremely sensitive to vibrations.
Females of the water spider Argyroneta aquatica build underwater "diving bell" webs that they fill with air and use for digesting prey, molting, mating and raising offspring. They live almost entirely within the bells, darting out to catch prey animals that touch the bell or the threads that anchor it. Net-casting spiders weave only small webs, but then manipulate them to trap prey. Those of the genus Hyptiotes and the family Theridiosomatidae stretch their webs and then release them when prey strike them, but do not actively move their webs.
Those of the family Deinopidae weave even smaller webs, hold them outstretched between their first two pairs of legs, and lunge and push the webs as much as twice their own body length to trap prey, and this move may increase the webs' area by a factor of up to ten. Experiments have shown that Deinopis spinosus has two different techniques for trapping prey: backwards strikes to catch flying insects, whose vibrations it detects; and forward strikes to catch ground-walking prey that it sees.
These two techniques have also been observed in other deinopids. Walking insects form most of the prey of most deinopids, but one population of Deinopis subrufa appears to live mainly on tipulid flies that they catch with the backwards strike. Mature female bolas spiders of the genus Mastophora build "webs" that consist of only a single "trapeze line", which they patrol. They also construct a bolas made of a single thread, tipped with a large ball of very wet sticky silk.
They emit chemicals that resemble the pheromones of moths , and then swing the bolas at the moths. The spiders eat the bolas if they have not made a kill in about 30 minutes, rest for a while, and then make new bolas. Instead they release different pheromones that attract moth flies , and catch them with their front pairs of legs.
The primitive Liphistiidae , the "trapdoor spiders" of the family Ctenizidae and many tarantulas are ambush predators that lurk in burrows, often closed by trapdoors and often surrounded by networks of silk threads that alert these spiders to the presence of prey.