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Welcome to my new series! Spider Approaches to House Cleaning is composed of seven new comics. I'll be posting one a week until I've posted them all. Enjoy!
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This comic features (you guessed it!) Clarice, my favorite Grass Spider. While observing her, I noticed that she kept all her trash (remains of prey items and her own shed exoskeletons) piled up right outside her retreat. Often, she would sit in the middle of the pile, which made for excellent camouflage.
Grass Spiders belong to Genus Agelenopsis of Family Agelenidae, the funnel-weavers.
Grass Spiders build wide, flat webs which taper to a funnel-shaped retreat. Above the webs are individual lines of silk known as trap lines, designed to knock flying or jumping insects down into the web. The webs are typically not sticky; they trap insects temporarily by entangling their feet. Given time, some insects may work themselves free and escape. For most, time is unavailable, as Grass Spiders are lightning-quick.
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