Neoscona Orb Weaver & Phidippus audax Jumping Spider
facing off at Lincoln Point, Utah County, Utah

spider face-off
We were watching this Phidippus audax approach
a Neoscona Orb Weaver at Lincoln Point, Utah County,
Utah and the whole scenario was quite dramatic. As
the jumper got closer, it took a leap and the orb weaver
quickly executed a drop maneuver. The next attempt
involved the orb weaver resuming his original position
after the jumper moved back down the stem. We didn't
think the Neoscona had a chance but it held its ground
and survived the ordeal with different quick
movements. If the Neoscona was getting ready
to molt, it might not have survived another
attack.  © Carol Davis 8-23-2018

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