Story: Spiders and other arachnids

Orb-web spider (2nd of 2)

Orb-web spider

Orb-web spiders crush their silk-wrapped prey, before bathing the tissues in digestive fluid and sucking up the partially digested nutrients. When it has finished feeding, only the indigestible parts of the prey remain.

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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Araneomorphs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007