A pregnant parasitic wasp paralyzes the Costa Rican spider and paralyzes it, then lays an egg on the abdomen of the spider and flies away. The spider then goes on living normally until the larvae are ready to pupate in which they inject the spider with a chemical and makes it spin an abnormal web.
This web is made as a longterm shelter rather than a trap and builds a cocoon in the center. After a period of days, the larvae emerge and suck out the innards of the Costa Rican spider. Then the larvae rebuild the cocoon in the center of the web (making it stronger and more water resistant) until they emerge as full-grown wasps.
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