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Species Ocrepeira ectypa

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Araneidae (Orb Weavers)
Genus Ocrepeira
Species ectypa (Ocrepeira ectypa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Wixia ectypa
Explanation of Names
Greek ektypos (εκτυπος)- "engraved in relief, embossed"
Numbers
Uncommon (Herbert Levi, personal communication)
Habitat
Web built among small branches, at night. (1)
Food
Contrary to most orb weavers, this one preys on walking insects instead of flying insects.
Remarks
This nocturnal spider builds a specialized web with no sticky threads. Built in the fork of a small branch, the web consists of several radii connected to a small hub. The radii act like trip wires to alert the spider to prey walking along the branches. Once detected, the spider circles the branch, binding the prey against it. (1)

It's unclear to me whether other species of Ocrepeira in our area have similar habits.
See Also
Ocrepeira guide page has photos that are likely to be this species.
Print References
Description of behavior and photograph of web, Shear, page 106, Fig 5.1a (1)
Works Cited
1.Spiders: Webs, Behavior and Evolution
William A. Shear. 1986. Stanford University Press.