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Leucauge venusta(Orchard Spiders) Allocyclosa Bifurca(Trashline Orbweavers) Living together

Leucauge venusta(Orchard Spiders) Allocyclosa Bifurca(Trashline Orbweavers) Living together
Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida, USA
December 31, 1969
This image should rotate right 90 degrees, but I’m not sure how to do that uploading from mobile.

Selenopidae (Flatties)
Leucauge venusta(Orchard Spiders)
Allocyclosa Bifurca(Trashline Orbweavers)

So I don’t know how often this has happened, if ever...

I have a mass of Selenopidae (Flatties) living at my house. They were the first ones I noticed. They live under the slats of the siding on the house, and frequently make their way inside. We’ve also had a ton of Leucauge venusta(Orchard Spiders) around. I’ve seen them a lot but rarely note orb weavers, just because of their docile nature.

This is the part that I find super cool!
I realized the “seed pods” hanging from the awning outside are in fact Allocyclosa Bifurca(Trashline Orbweavers). At some point the Leucauge started making their webs within those of the Allocyclosa! I’ve not seen anything like this before. Please let me know if you have! (Seriously, I cant learn enough)
From what I’ve observed, they appear to have a very symbiotic relationship. I Am hypothesizing that this is due to the abundance of prey and lack of competition, but idk. Whatever the case, I find the super close proximity of these different species fascinating.

Also; this is probably hyperbole but I call them my strong ladies/mama’s. (I just naturally assume they’re mostly all female)

These photos kinda suck. I wish I had a better camera. Those shiny silver dots between the seed looking formations are what I’m talking about.