One Proud Spider!
Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 1:53 AM
Had my first encounter with one of these yesterday, is that a gun in its pocket or is it just pleased to see me. This family all have concave undersides to their bodies to allow them to wrap around small branches for camouflage. Of a night they build large webs vertically between trees. Common name here is “wrap around spiders”, this one is Dolophones turrigera.
This is one of the craziest looking spiders ever. We are always charmed and amused with your wonderful submissions from down under. We hope we can locate a link to Dolophonse turrigera to accompany this posting.
Update: April 22, 2016
According to Arachne.org, this is an Orb-weaver and the family does not contain any species that are dangerous to humans.