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Of the fifty or so spiders described from the Galapagos, there are two main groups: the orbweavers and the hunting spiders. Hunting spiders are most often seen around houses, often at night when they chase insects attracted to lights. Orbweavers fit our concept of a typical spider and build large circular webs. These are the spiders most often seen along nature trails.

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Photo of spider web

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The spider web is a marvel of nature. This orbweaver web stretches across a trail, illuminated by morning sun. It was mostly likely constructed by Neoscona cookoni (see below).

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Photo of spider

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This spider is an orb weaver (Neoscona cookoni), probably the species responsible for the type of web in the above picture.

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Learn about spider natural history

"The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line."
Alexander Pope 1733

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