Orb Web Weaver
Scientific Facts
Web building
Orange Orb Weaver
Green Orb Weaver
Black Orb Weaver
Bush Orb Weaver 
Sliver Lobed Spider 1
Sliver Lobed Spider 2
Brown-lobed Spider
Long Lobed Spider
Pan-web Spider



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 eyes. 
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Closer look at the eight eyes.  
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.

Genus Eriophora&Araneus
Genus Dolophones
Genus Cyclosa
Genus Cyrtophora
Genus Argiope
Genus Arkys
Other Orb Weavers
Unknown Orb Weaver 

1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson 1969, p64.
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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Last updated: February 19, 2011.