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Garden Orb-weaving Spider

Eriphora transmarine

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Garden Orb-weaving Spider • Eriphora transmarine
The Garden Orb-weaving Spider (Eriphora transmarine) is a very large spider. The female’s abdomen is often up to 3 cm across. The males are much smaller. Garden Orb Weavers are hairy, with faint spots and stripes on their abdomens, and they have red legs. Their underbelly is patterned with grey and pale yellow stripes.

Orb weavers make extremely big round webs, up to a metre across, in gaps between trees or shrubs. They make their webs at dusk, and by morning they are gone, as the spiders for some reason take them down. The webs are strong enough to catch those big Christmas Beetles that are so often around street lights and houses. Luckily for humans, these spiders are reluctant to bite, and if they do, their poison is usually not fatal. Although they are common throughout Australia, there are usually more “out and about” in summer.
 

Birds like honeyeaters and butcherbirds enjoy eating these spiders, as they are big, juicy… and yum! Perfect food for feeding hungry baby birds, too! Check out our Garden Orb-weaving Spider images.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Eriophora
Binomial name: Eriophora transmarina

Other links - (Garden Orb-weaving Spider Eriphora transmarine)

Wildlife of Sydney • Garden Orb-weaving Spider Fact File.
Australian Museum Online • Orb Weaving Spiders.
Queensland Museum • Includes information on the Garden orb-weaver.
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