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Neon Spider - Thwaitesia nigronodosa

Family Theridiidae

This page contains pictures and information about Neon Spiders that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 3mm 
This is a small size spider. They do not build their own web. They live on the edges of large orb web built by other large spiders, such as the Golden Orb Web Spider
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The small spider camouflages as a dewdrop. The abdomen is silver in colour. When resting on the silks of large spider's web, they look like a large dewdrop reflecting sun light. 
In the photos there are all together three Dewdrop Spider, The largest is the female, the smallest is the male and the other unknown. The two spiders which are close together seem both feeding on the same small winged insect. 
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In the above photo the tiny Neon Spider attacking the "huge" Black Sugar Ant.    

1. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty Ltd, 1970, p62
2. Dewdrop spider - The Find-a-spider Guide for the Spiders of Southern Queensland, Dr Ron Atkinson, 2009.
3. Argyrodes antipodianus Dewdrop Spider - Robert Whyte, Save Our Waterways Now. 

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Last updated: May 16, 2010.