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TEXAS NATURE OBSERVATIONS AND REMINISCENCES. 57
(being a type of ouind spiders,)
a photo of which is here
with sulbmitted, prepare their
breeding nests entirely differently
than the above species. With their
powerful mandibles they dig' long
Inderround cylindriform holes.
which they outline with a dense
silk-like white web lining, and one
particular species provides its nest
with a tight fitting door, which
the spider closes or opens at will,
especially during daner time of
its eninies-in particular, the
which ensnare birds and lizards
in their golden webs:
"Far up in the mountains of
Ceylon there is a spider that spius
a web like bright yellowish silk.
the central net of which is five
feet in diameter, while the sup-
porting lines or guys, as they are
called, measures sometimes ten or
twelve feet. The spider seldom
bites or stings, but should anyone
try to catch him, bite he will, and,
though not venomous, his jaws
are as powerful as a bird's beak.
c(OCON L :i L.AiGE AND 1EA TIF I FI PRAIRIE SPIDER WITH 1YRIADS OF THIE YOLUNG B(oL,
SUSI'ENII)ED 131'TW'EEN 1)RIED BRANCHES AND LEAVES OF THE MESyQUI'EF TREE
lar'ie brown lycosa tarantula.
O()e of the illustrations shows the
mlicroscopi>c appearance of the
hinge part of the door, showing
numerous sillk 'thread-lilke spin-
uing threads interwoveni with
earth remnaiit s-the yellow clay
or adobe eartl andI remnants of
sand and olfher matter.
Regarding spiders of other for-
eign countries, the following is an
interesting report of spiders in
Ceylon. They must h1, monstcrs,
'The bodies of these spiders
are very handsomely decorated.
being bright goldt or scarlet un-
derneath, while the upper part is
covered with the >most delicate
"So stron arl the webls that
birds the size of larks are fre-
luently caught therein, and even
the small but powerful scaly liz-
ard falls a victim. A writer says
that he often sat an1 watched the
yellow monster-nmasuring when
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/61/?q=menger: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.