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New spider subspecies?

  1. Mar 11, 2006 #1

    EnumaElish

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    Does anyone know about any spider species that weave a red web? I have seen this in a picture a friend has taken, in North Carolina. Has she found a new subspecies?
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2006 #2

    EnumaElish

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    Never mind. As it turned out, the guy she was hanging out with at the time is a prankster.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2006 #3

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    Wish you had held out a little longer, I was going to take an educated guess.:smile:

    The red webs in North Carolina may have to do with consumption of the ferric soils in the arachnid's diet. There is a band of red (iron rich) soil's that spans from Carolinas down to Florida and across the south, at least to Arizona, (as evident in the Grand Canyon). I know this first hand, as I've collected samples from each state.

    If the spider incorporated this mineral into its web, it could account for the unusual red color.
     
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