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Garden Orb-Weaving Spider

Eriophora Spp

Appearance

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  • The Garden Orb Weavers are 1-2.5cm in length. Most are stout , reddish – brown or grey spiders with a leaf shaped pattern on their triangular abdomens.

Lifecycle

  • The female Orb Weaver lays her eggs in late summer to autumn. The eggs are encased in a fluffy cocoon and attached to foliage
  • During autumn, the spiderlings disperse by ballooning (floating on the breeze using small silk strands as “balloons”), and build their own tiny orb webs among vegetation
  • The lifespan is about twelve is about twelve months. They mature in summer, mate, lay their eggs, and die in late summer-autumn

Habits

  • Make suspended, sticky, wheel – shaped orb webs
  • Hides on foliage during day and constructs web at night
  • Not aggressive
  • Flying insects such as flies, beetles and bugs (including large prey like cicadas) are common prey
  • Orb Weavers are reluctant to bite humans. Symptoms are usually negligible or mid local pain, numbness and swelling

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