Leaf Curling Spider – Phonognatha Graeffei
The Leaf Curling Spider also known by its scientific name Phonognatha Graeffei is a spider which is found north-eastern, eastern and southern areas throughout Australia. The Leaf Curling Spiders are an orb weaving spider and is a day active spider. Leaf Curling Spiders are very common in the summertime.
Identification of Leaf Curling Spider
Leaf Curling Spiders are brown with yellow marking on their abdomen which is fat with long slender legs and have eight eyes on their cephalothorax. The female Leaf Curling Spider which is 20mm in length is larger than the male Leaf Curling Spider 12mm in length.
Habitats of Leaf Curling Spider
Leaf Curling Spiders create their shelter very careful by spinning its web with a leaf or other object as protection to keep it hidden from prey. The leaf will twisted to form a funnel like shape in the spider’s web. Leaf Curling Spiders are found in suburban backyards and forest habitats.
Reproduction of Leaf Curling Spider
Leaf Curling Spiders are usually found in pairs and will be on the same leaf at opposite ends of their shelter with their legs exposed. Once the female Leaf Curling Spider matures the male Leaf Curling Spider will mate with her and the female Leaf Curling Spider will eat her mate once they have mated. The female Leaf Curling Spider will lay her eggs on a web which is away from her web usually near foliage. Spiderlings can live around a few weeks without food.
Diet for Leaf Curling Spider
Leaf Curling Spiders will feed on the liquid from its prey which is usually mosquitoes, moths, flies, butterflies, bees, ants, beetles and other small flying insects.