- This page contains pictures and information about Garden
Orb Web Spiders
that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Leg to leg 50mm or larger
- The Garden Orb Web Spiders also called
Araneus Spiders, Garden Orb-weaver, Wheelweaving Spiders or
Orbweaving Spiders. They are very common in Brisbane and can be found in
almost any bushy backyard.
Orb Web Spiders are nocturnal spiders. The mature female spiders
are about 50mm (leg to leg) in size. Males are much smaller, about 25mm. The
spiders are brown in colour with variety patterns on their flat abdomen. They
build vertical orb web in garden and bushland. The spiders sit in the middle of
the web and waiting for insects in night time. They build webs between trees or
shrubs. The webs are usually one meter in diameter and about one or two meters
above ground. The spider leaves a hole at the centre of the web.
Orb Web Spiders build webs after sunset and move into retreat during the day
time. The retreat can be leaves or tree trunks near by. When they rest, their
legs fold up tightly against its body. If their webs are not damaged,
they may leave the webs for next night, or they eat all the web silk just before
sun rise. When they collect the web silks, usually they will leave the top
silk, the bridge thread. (There are some advantages for the spiders to leave the
bridge thread on site. Details are discussed in the following
- Females make egg-sacs near, usually with their retreat, often hidden in
the curve of a leaf.
- Please also visit this page on the The Orb Web Structure.
- 1. Wildlife
of Greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum 1995, p29.
- 2. Garden
orb-weaver - The
Find-a-spider Guide for Australian Spiders, University of Southern
- 3. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson
- 4. Australian Spiders in colour - Ramon Mascord, Reed Books Pty
Ltd, 1970, p86.
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