Credit: PETER MATULAVICH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: After allowing its venom to paralyze a moth that has flown into its web in French Guiana, a tropical orb weaver spider (Eriophora ravilla) wraps the moth in silk secreted from its spinneretes located at the end of its abdomen. Tropical orb weavers can attain a legspan of 7.5 cm , the size of some small tarantulas. They are found from the southern U.S. to northern South America where they build webs reaching 2 meters across.

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Keywords: abdomen, animal, arachnid, arthropod, bite, eat, eriophora, feed, french guiana, invertebrate, jaws, jungle, moth, paralyze, rainforest, silk, south america, spiders, spinerete, spinerette, spinnerete, spinnerette, tropic, tropical orb weaver spider, venom, web, wrap, zoology

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Tropical orb weaver spider

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