European cave spider

Adult cave spiders prefer permanently dark and damp places including caves, sewers, cellars, tunnels and mines. They hang teardrop-shaped egg sacs on a short length of silk from the ceiling, while their large orb webs capture small invertebrates. This one was found in a cave at Berry Head near Brixham.

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Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Bolton, Dr David Edward
Common Name
European cave spider
Simple Name
arachnid: spider
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Tetragnathidae: Meta menardi (Latreille, 1804): European cave spider