A Colonial tentweb orbweaver Cyrtophora citricola (EENY535/IN966)

Figure 1.  Cyrtophora citricola female in cryptic resting pose, showing details of color patternFew species of spiders can be considered truly social, but a greater number of species, particularly web-building spiders, live in close proximity to one another. One species which has become highly successful through a lifestyle of colonial aggregation is the orbweaver Cyrtophora citricola Forskål. This 6-page fact sheet was written by Lionel A. Stange, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, October 2012.