- This page contains pictures and information about Orb Web Spiders of genus
Eriophora and Araneus that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Eriophora and Araneus are very close related. Some species are
sometimes put in one genus then put back into the other. They are from
small to large in size. Most of them build vertical orb web. They are
different in colours but most have the similar body shape.
- We found a few species of Orb Web Weaving Spiders and listed in this
- Garden Orb-weaver, Garden
Orb Web Spider
- Eriophora transmarina (Araneus transmarina ), female leg to leg 50mm,
- This spider also called Wheelweaving Spider or Orbweaving Spider. This is the most common spider in our area. We can easily find them from
5mm size to 50mm size in our garden. We have recorded how
they build their webs and how they capture
their prey on another pages. Garden Orb-weavers have their abdominal pattern highly variable. To see the
different pattern that we collected, click here.
- Orange Orb Weaver
- Eriophora sp., female leg to leg
- We found this spider once in Karawatha Forest on Dec 2008. It was hiding
among leaves on a She-oak pine tree. The spider has the body shape similar
to the Garden Orb Weaver but orange-brown in colours. Please check this page
for more infromation.
- Green Orb Weaver
- Araneus praesignis (Eriophora praesignis), male, leg to leg
- Pictures taken in Yugarapul
Park on Nov 2007. The spider was hiding on its silky retreat on leaf. Please
check this page for more information.
- Black Orb Weaver
- Araneus rotundulus, body length 6mm
- Pictures were taken on Nov 2007 near Bulimba Creek in Sunnybank. The small
spider was hiding on leaf. It is metallic black in colour with grey-silver
dots. Please visit this page for more infromation about this spider..
- Bush Orb Weaver
- Araneus eburnus, female body length 8mm
- This spider builds vertical orb web with one single stabilimentum.
There are many of them on the hill top of Toohey Forest. They remain on their
medium size vertical orb web during day and night. Please visit this page
for more details.
- Winged Spider
- Araneus albotriangulus, body length 5mm
- This is a small spider. It is winged but it cannot fly. Its wings are just
the yellow patterns on its abdomen. Please check this page
for more information on this spider.
- Araneus Spider
- Araneus sp. body length 10mm
- We found this spider once in Karawatha Forest on Feb 2010. It built a
messy web on leaves.
- Leaf Nesting Spider
- Araneus albidus, leg to leg 25mm
- We found this spiders once in our backyard during late summer. It curled a
large green leaf as retreat. In day time its hided in the retreat. It rested
at the middle of the web at night. There is a thread from the centre of its
web linked to its retreat. So even when it hided in its retreat, it sensed by
the link thread if there was prey get caught in it web. More pictures and information
please click here.
- Leaf Rolling Spider
- Araneus dimidiatus, body length female 10mm, male 8mm
- The Leaf Rolling Spider has the orange brown thorax and legs with
greyish-white abdomen. It builds the same type of web and similar retreat as
the Leaf Curling Spider. However, this
spider is less common than the other one. Please check this page
for more information on this apiser.
- 1. A Guide to Australian Spiders - Densey Clyne, Melbourne, Nelson
- 2. ARANEIDAE
Orb or wheel weavers - Save Our Waterways Now.
- 3. Spiders - genus
Eriophora - lifeunseen.com,
by Nick Monaghan, 2007.
- 4. Genus
Eriophora Simon, 1864 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study.
- 5. Genus
Araneus Clerck, 1757 - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study.
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