A Guide to the Insects of the Coal Oil Point Reserve

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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Embioptera - Webspinners

Embioptera - Webspinners

Webspinners live in silk-lined colonies beneath soil and debris, and chiefly eat dead plant matter. Whereas most silk-spinning insects use glands in their mouths, webspinners' silk glands are on their front feet. Males of most species have wings, while females are always wingless. Webspinners are quite active and quick runners, usually running backward. When disturbed in their homes, webspinners will often “play dead.”

Only one webspinner specimen has been found at Coal Oil Point Reserve thus far.

Webspinner Photos
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