Ogre-faced spiders catch insects out of the air using sound

Some spiders wait for prey to come and tickle their web. But the ogre-faced spider (Deinopis spinosa) uses its sense of hearing to take its web to the prey. Hanging upside down, the spider weaves a rectangular web between its legs. When an insect flies behind the dangling arachnid, the spider swings backward, casting the […]

Ogre-faced spiders ‘hear’ airborne prey with their legs — ScienceDaily

In the dark of night, ogre-faced spiders with dominating big eyes dangle from a silk frame to cast a web and capture their ground prey. But these spiders also can capture insects flying behind them with precision, and Cornell University scientists have now confirmed how. In a new study, researchers confirmed these spiders use metatarsal […]