The family of long-jawed orb weavers contains more than 1,000 species distributed under 48 genera. The scientific term of the family is Tetragnathidae.
Size: Females are 0.19-0.47 in (0.4-1.1 cm), and males are shorter than them.
Color: They could be brown, white, and grey as the color varies from one species to another.
Other Characteristic Features: The front legs are exceptionally long, and so are their jaws and chelicerae. Female spiders have longer jaws than male spiders.
Female spiders make a brown egg sac and lay their eggs inside it. The sac is wrapped in silk.
After hatching, the spiderlings soon disperse and go on making their own webs.
They make orb-shaped webs, and hence they get the name of orb-weavers. The web has a circular pattern without any strokes.
Some species of the long-jawed orb weavers might be venomous, but most species are not. Their bites are not dangerous as well, it can cause some allergic reactions.
|Distribution||USA, Canada, and Mexico|
|Habitat||Pine trees and other vegetations, near water streams|
|Diet||Moths, flies, and other insects|
|Web Type||Orb web|
|Predator||Birds and bigger spiders|
|Lifespan||Less than 1 year|