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Garden Orb Weaving Spider

Garden-Orb Weaving Spider

Garden Orb Weaving Spider – Eriophora Transmarina
Garden Orb Weaving Spiders also known as Eriophora Transmarina are a common spider throughout Australia but the Garden Orb Weaving Spider is found mostly on the eastern and southern parts of Australia. There are about 100 species of the Garden Orb Weaving Spider. During the day the Garden Orb Weaving Spider will sit on leave debris with its legs tucked underneath its body. Garden Orb Weaving Spiders are reluctant to bite but will if it is provoked, symptoms will be nausea, itching, rashes, numbness, mild local pain and swelling. The bite is not dangerous but will feel the symptoms for a few hours.

Identification of Garden Orb Weaving Spider
Male Garden Orb Weaving Spiders are 15 – 17mm in length while the female Garden Orb Weaving Spider is much large 20 – 25mm in length. The female Garden Orb Weaving Spider has a needle like epigynum protruding near the spinnerets. Garden Orb Weaving Spiders are a reddish brown or grey color with a triangular abdomen. Garden Orb Weaving Spider can sometimes have strip which is orange, white, yellow, red and grey.
Habitats of Garden Orb Weaving Spider
Garden Orb Weaving Spiders prefer areas which are in gardens, forest and anywhere that is bushy as they build large wheel shape orb webs between trees and shrubs and are usually sticky so they can trap small insects. Garden Orb Weaving Spiders will construct their orb webs at night as they are nocturnal spiders. In the day the Garden Orb Weaving Spider will crawl underneath logs, leaves, bark and any other debris they find. Garden Orb Weaving Spider will play dead if they feel as though they are in immediate danger.
Reproduction of Garden Orb Weaving Spider
Garden Orb Weaving Spider will mate during the warmer months from summer to autumn. The male Garden Orb Weaving Spider will go in search for female Garden Orb Weaving Spider at night. Male Garden Orb Weaving Spiders needs to be careful though because if he enters straight into the female Garden Orb Weaving Spider he could be a tasty meal for her. The male Garden Orb Weaving Spider needs to pluck threads of silk so the female Garden Orb Weaving Spider knows that he is a potential suitor. Once the Garden Orb Weaving Spiders mate the female will lay her eggs in nearby foliage waiting for the spider lings to hatch in autumn. Garden Orb Weaving Spider will live for around 12 months.
Diet for Garden Orb Weaving Spider
Garden Orb Weaving Spiders diet consists of flying insects, beetles, moths and other bugs. Like all other spiders the Garden Orb Weaving Spider cannot eat the meat of the prey but will sink its fangs in and will drink the liquid.