Story: Spiders and other arachnids

White-tailed spider

White-tailed spider

White-tailed spiders eat other spiders, including the grey house spider. The white tail (left) mimics the struggles of an insect on the grey house spider’s web, and when the resident rushes out for a meal, it becomes dinner itself.

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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Venomous spiders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2023)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007