Sheet web ©André Hermans

Sheet webs

Sheet webs look a bit like funnel webs because they also have a mat-like structure, but sheet webs don't have that many layers. The funnel-shaped retreat is also missing as the spider can often be found hanging upside down in the web. Just like the web of the Labyrinth spider, a sheet web has vertical threads above the sheet. These function to intercept flying insects and causes them to fall on the sheet. At that moment, the spider, hanging upside down, bites the prey through the web. On a morning with lots of dew, the sheet webs stand out in the grass. Only then can you see how many there are!

• Looks a bit like a mat
• Vertical wires
• Spider often upside down
• Sheet web spiders (Linyphiidae)