Tetragnathidae: stretch spiders or long-jawed orb weavers

This is a large world family, with only 14 British species. Most build orb webs and sit in the middle, instead of having a signal thread and a retreat as in typical orb weavers (Araneae). Tetragnatha are very elongated spiders with slender bodies and long legs, except the third pair, which is short and often hold the spider to stems and grasses while the remaining pairs are stretched forward and back. When disturbed, they run out of their web and stretch themselves along leaves or stems….

Source: BugBlog

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