These spiders are often relatively large and dark in color. Males commonly wander into buildings during the late summer and autumn in search of mates. They hunt for prey mostly on the ground. Prey are pursued using both vision and an excellent vibratory sense.
These attractive spiders have compact bodies with relatively short powerful legs. They capture prey by pouncing on them. They can jump distances many times their body length. They use excellent binocular vision and very large eyes to locate and stalk their prey. They use a silk safety line in case they miss their target.
Members of this spider group are inconspicuous, but a few are commonly found in buildings. They hunt primarily at night. The spiders are often pale in color with small eyes arranged in two rows of four.
These spiders are camouflaged. They wait at flowers for insects to visit. They capture their prey with large and spiny front legs. Many are colored like the flowers that they hide on. Their shuffling movements and long legs make them appear somewhat similar to the crabs (crustaceans) of the seashore.
Text by Dr. Richard Bradley, Assoc. Prof., Ohio State Univ.- Marion
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