The first three of these pictures each show the web of a spider belonging to the family Argiopidae - the famous orb-web makers. In the second one you see the spider eating a wasp she has caught. (All web-weavers are females; the males of those species generally run down their prey instead of catching them in webs.) The last two photos show a type of web that narrows into a thickly woven tunnel - one in the curling leaves of a plant, the other in a crevice of granite. The orb-web-weavers most often sit in the middle of their webs, but the tunnel-weaving spiders lurk at the ends of their tunnels and rush out when, through the strands of silk under their feet, they can feel that an insect is on some part of the web. Sometimes you can fool them to come out by tickling the web with a grass stem - but they're hard to fool.

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