Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Main lifestyles for spiders

Black–headed jumping spider

Black–headed jumping spider

There are 3 main types of lifestyle:

  • those that live in webs:
    • are aerial dwellers and often visible;
    • use sticky silk to capture prey;
    • their most common web type is cartwheel-shaped, although sheetwebs also common.
  • those living in tunnels:
    • are concealed on the ground or in trees;
    • wait for food to drop by;
    • use trigger threads.
  • those that are hunters:
    • are usually nocturnal, hiding by day;
    • sometimes hunt and stalk prey at night;
    • some daytime species sit and wait then pounce, for example, crab spiders.