The Bolas Spider

The bolas spider (Mastophora phrynosoma) gets its name from the way it hunts. Early in the evening the spider moves to the low branches of a tree and spins a few lines of silk to hang from, then prepares a single line with a drop of glue at the end.
She does this by combing out new glue from her spinnerets until she has a large droplet at the end of a short line, then she waits. If a moth flies in close she hurls the line and its glue ball at the moth.
The glue sticks fast and the moth is tethered, all that is left is to reel in and grasp the moth. #wildohio
Information courtesy of the Ohio Division of Wildlife

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