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Immature Male Eating Winged Insect - Araneus miniatus - male

Immature Male Eating Winged Insect - Araneus miniatus - Male
Acworth, Cobb County, Georgia, USA
March 12, 2006
Size: 1/4" to 5/16" overall
Adding this closer view in case the eye pattern helps anyone. This spider was seen in a web ( we don't know if it belonged to this spider or not ),and originally it had three or four small flying insects suspended in the web and it was eating one of them at the periphery of the web. Three hours later the spider was still on the edge of the web in this crotch of the branch but all of the winged insects were gone including any trace of the one that he was eating at first.

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Moved
Moved from Araneus.

The
eyes suggest Araneus (although similar to a pirate spider) as does the other info you included.
The crotch of the branch is the likely orb weavers retreat.
This is a subadult male.

The pronounced setae on the front legs typical of pirate spiders also appears to be lacking. Pirate spiders do not wrap their prey, which is other spiders, and I do not believe they consume their victims left over prey.

 
Moved
images. Compare to this and these.

Also, pirate spiders do consume insect prey occasionally.

 
Pirate vs. Orb Weaver
Don't remember any of the prey being wrapped. Mostly just suspended in the confused web. The web wasn't a well organized thing either. As to the legs, I'll see if I can find or take another shot that basically focuses on the legs themselves.

 
Image
44725 and 44827 show the prey is wrapped. Your excellent close up of the forelegs does not seem to agree with pirate spider. Neither do the chelicera, in my opinion.

 
Great
and while you're getting that shot, could you get a full back shot as well?

 
Would've loved to have tried
Mr. Mystery Spider has moved on...There are alot of spiders in the area with a bright orange blaze on their bottom abdomen. If he is a pirate spider and does eat these guys I might be able to locate him. From what I remember of his rear view, it was ovoid in cross-section and mostly grey with no visible to the naked eye markings. Somewhat like a widow spider might have in shape. We did post a foreleg closeup shot for anyone interested.

Great pictures!
First I'd like to say you have taken some amazing pictures of this spider! Secondly if you see a spider in a web that web usually belongs to the spider. This spider looks like an orb weaver of some kind but I have no idea what species. I just wanted to congratulate you on taking such spectacular photos of this spider!

 
I agree
awesome photos. I also agree with John and Jane, it looks very similar to a pirate spider, so that's my guess.

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