- Jan 3, 2016
Kukulcania don't produce sticky silk, instead, being cribellate spiders, they pull lots of tiny threads of silk out, making a tangled mess of web on the micro level. This isn't technically sticky but will easily cause prey to get tangled up in it.Are those sticky lines? Or does the spider just use them as footholds?
(I'm going to guess it is a vertical version along the lines of agelenopsis.)
Thus the fluffy appearance of the webbing. This applies to all cribellates?This isn't technically sticky but will easily cause prey to get tangled up in it.
Cribellate spiders produce frayed silk that is mechanically very sticky without using glue. It comes out of a plate of spigots (called the cribellum) as numerous fine strands, which the spider then frays by combing with the calamistrum (a set of special hairs) on the hind legs. This is a slow, laborious process, but it seems to produce webs that can be used for a very long time.Thus the fluffy appearance of the webbing. This applies to all cribellates?