What kind of spider?
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
December 17, 2010 9:34 pm
I almost walked into this one in my backyard (Canberra, Australia), it had weaved a net across a path in the garden. It was about 3-4cm from top to bottom including the legs. Is it dangerous? Rare? Any information would be interesting! I found it just the other day (2010-12-17 which is summer in Australia)
Signature: Lars

Garden Orb Web Spider

Hi Lars,
Your spider is
Eriophora transmarina, and it is commonly called a Garden Orbweaver, a name shared with several other species around the world.  You can read about this common spider on the Brisbane Insect website.

Garden Orb Web Spider

Thanks Daniel, I appreciate your quick reply!
Knowing what these bugs around us are makes the world a bit more interesting.

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2 Responses to Garden Orb Web Spider from Australia

  1. Remirez says:

    Looks very much like our Bark Spiders here in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    But Bark spiders are Caerostris sp. not Eriophora.
    Both are Family Araneidae.

  2. Remirez says:

    Looks like they have very similar behaviour to Bark Spiders, building their webs between trees after dark and taking them down before sun-up.
    They hide up on a branch most of the day, perfectly blending in with the bark they’re sitting on.

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