Bowl and doily spider

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Bowl and doily spider
Female Frontinella pyramitela.jpg
female F. pyramitela
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Linyphiidae
Genus: Frontinella
Species: F. pyramitela
Binomial name
Frontinella pyramitela
(Walckenaer, 1841)

Linyphia communis
Frontinella communis

male F. pyramitela
Several bowl and doily spider's webs wet with dew, on a trail in the Adirondacks, between Long Pond and Bessie Pond, St. Regis Canoe Area.

The bowl and doily spider (Frontinella pyramitela) is a species of sheet weaver found in North and Central America. It is a small spider, about 4 mm (0.16 in) long, that weaves a fairly complex sheet web system consisting of an inverted dome shaped web, or "bowl", suspended above a horizontal sheet web, or "doily", hence its common name. The spider hangs from the underside of the "bowl", and bites through the web small flies, gnats and other small insects that fall down into the non-sticky webbing. The webs are commonly seen in weedy fields and in shrubs, and may often contain both a male and a female spider in late summer - like many linyphiids, Frontinella may cohabitate for some time.

The scientific name F. communis is commonly seen, but this is a junior synonym.[1]



  1. ^ Platnick 2009


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