Subject: Melbourne spiders
Geographic location of the bug: Backyard
Time: 04:49 AM EDT
One black spider.
One big colorful spider.
How you want your letter signed: Email
Your colorful spider is a harmless Orbweaver, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Dome Web Spider or Tent Spider, Cyrtophora moluccensis, thanks to images posted to Brisbane Insects where it states: “Tent Spiders build tent-shaped webs between plants and bushes. Their tent shaped webs are easily recognized, up to 60cm in diameter” and “Unlike the other spider webs, the webs of Tent Spiders and Russian Tent Spiders do not have sticky silk. The spiders rest upside down in the middle of the tent from day to night. Sometimes we can see a few of the Tent Spiders build their tent webs joined together and cover an area of a few meters.” We also found images on Deviant Art and Bush Pea.