|Western spotted orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis).|
When you think of mealtime for a spider, what comes to mind? Flies? Beetles? Aphids? How about pollen? According to Benjamin Eggs and Dirk Sanders of the University of Bern, pollen could make up a quarter of the diet of orb-weaving spiders.
Eggs B, & Sanders D (2013). Herbivory in spiders: the importance of pollen for orb-weavers. PloS one, 8 (11) PMID: 24312430.