Trapdoor spiders are a type of spider that belongs to several families, including Idiopidae, Actinopodidae, Ctenizidae, Migidae, and Cyrtaucheniidae. These spiders typically create burrows in the ground with a hinged, silk-covered door at the entrance.
The spiders can quickly grab insects that pass by when they open the door. While most trapdoor spider species have a special door at their burrow’s entrance, some do not, yet they are still classified as trapdoor spiders.
Trapdoor spiders typically have short, blunt spinnerets. Females are usually larger than males, with a small double spur halfway along their first leg.
The brown trapdoor spiders are typically dull brown with paler gold hairs covering their carapace. They also have pale bars across their abdomen, and their eyes are arranged in two compact rows. The sigillate trapdoor spiders are also brown with a strongly arched, glossy carapace. Their abdomen has four to six hairless spots, and their eyes are arranged in three rows.
Trapdoor spiders employ an interesting hunting technique; they lie in wait inside their burrows and ambush unsuspecting insects that pass by. Once the prey is within range, the spiders quickly grab it with their fangs and drag it back into their burrows for safety.
Although they prey on various insects, trapdoor spiders mainly target crickets, moths, beetles, and grasshoppers. It’s impressive how such small spiders have developed a successful hunting strategy to capture such large prey.
During humid weather, mature male trapdoor spiders search for a mate. After locating a mate, they enter the female’s burrow to mate. Female trapdoors can lay eggs several months after mating and protect them in shelters.
Once hatched, the juvenile spiders stay for several months within the burrow before dispersing on the ground to build their tiny burrows. As the spider grows, it widens its burrow.
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