Dew-Drop Spider

Animal Guide : Insects and Spiders

Dew-Drop Spider
Fun Fact:
Only 3-4 millimeters long, this silver spider is a sneaky thief in other spiders' webs.

What's for Lunch:
Whatever the Argiope caught

Where's Home:
Chaparral and coastal sage scrub

Scientific Name:
Argyroides elevatus

Animal Guide : Insects and Spiders

Overview:

A tiny spider hangs like a drop of dew from the web of a Silver or Black and Yellow Argiope. When the larger spider has finished wrapping up its freshly caught prey, the Dewdrop creeps onto the web. Deftly, the thief removes the wrapped prey, holding the cut line in its front legs and letting out the tension gradually so that the web doesn't move and Argiope is none the wiser.