© Peter J. Bryant.

Dew-drop spider

Argyrodes sp.

Araneae: Theridiidae

Spiders in this genus live in the webs of orb weaver spiders. They may be commensal (feeding on prey or prey remains that have been abandoned by the host) or kleptoparasitic (stealing prey that has been captured and/or stored by the host). They may also feed on the host spider or her eggs.

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Woods End Wilderness Preserve, Laguna Woods, Orange County, CA. 8/25/08. © Peter J. Bryant