A webspinner, Clothoda urichi, in its web.

A webspinner, Clothoda urichi, in its web.

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Credit: GEORGE BERNARD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A webspinner, Clothoda urichi, in its web. This insect, a member of the order Embioptera, is found under stones. The males are winged and sometimes fly to lights at night, the females are identical to the nymphs. The nymphs grow in web tubes; like the adults they possess silk glands in their tarsi and participate in building the nest. These insects avoid daylight and live in silken tunnels in associations of twenty or so individuals. The two sexes have different mouthparts, and as a result usually subsist on different foods.

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Keywords: animal, clothoda sp., clothoda urichi, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, webspinner, wildlife, zoology

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