This page contains pictures and information about Orb Web Spiders (Family
Araneidae, formerly Argiopidae)
that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Araneidae is a large family. They can be small to large in side. All species in
this family, if they make webs, they make vertical or horizontal orb webs. Some
species construct some sort of stabilizer in the center of the web. Some members in this family do not make web at all. All of them have eight
- Their body and legs are usually hairy. It
is believed that those hair are their major sensors, as the eyes to human,
to sense the world. They extend their sense of touch by using their web as wall.
The spider reacts to loud noise, so do not speak loudly when
watching spider. The spider on its web will ignore the strong wind but will
react to your slight blow towards it. Most web weaver spiders are blind, or
at least with very poor eye sight. They will not react to the light of
torch, or even the flash of camera. But they can distinguish day and night.
We seldom see spiders build their webs during day time. More facts on
spiders can be find in this page.
- Most of us have the experience of walk into a big sticky spiders web.
Suddenly covered by the sticky silk, we would be quite certain that the spider
is now crawling on our body and we will immediately trying to jump and brush ourselves
to get rid of the potentially harmful spider. However, the poor spider at this
time should be more frighten than you, and most likely it has either dropped onto
the ground or rushed up to a near by retreat.
- Followings listed the Orb Web Spiders that we found.
Warp-around Spiders - genus Dolophones
Spiders unidentified yet
- Please advise if you can
identify any of them. Thank you.
- Spider species 1 not identified yet.
- ?sp., body length 6mm
- We only find this spider once in our backyard. The spider is white to transparent
in colour, with two bright white spots on brown pattern on abdomen. Its legs
are relatively small. The spider build orb web so we put it in this family.
Its web is about 30cm in diameter, 45 degree to horizontal.
- 1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson
- 2. FAMILY Araneidae Simon, 1895
- Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University,
- 3. ARANEIDAE
Orb or wheel weavers - Save Our Waterways Now.
- 4. Thumbnail page of Australian spiders - by Ed Nieuwenhuys, 2007.
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