Net-Casting Spiders are from the Deinopidae family and are a common spider throughout Australia. The Net-Casting Spider gets its name from the way they spin their web in between their two legs in the shape of a net and expand their two legs when it is ready to catch its prey.
Identification of a Net-Casting Spider
Net-Casting Spiders can come in an array of colors ranging from brown, white, green, black, brown with a white stripe and many other combinations. Net-Casting Spiders have stick like bodies and have eight eyes with the first set being more prominent in size. Like many other spiders the female Net-Casting Spider is larger being 2.5cm with the male Net-Casting Spider being 1.5cm. The Net-Casting Spider is a distant relative of the Orb-Weaving Spider.
Habitats for Net-Casting Spider
Net-Casting Spiders hibernate in the day time in garden bushes, forests, shrubs and foliage. You will see the Net-Casting Spider at night usually in warmer weather.
Reproduction of a Net-Casting Spider
Net-Casting Spiders will mate in autumn with the male Net-Casting Spider placing a mating thread on the female Net-Casting Spiders web. This is to entice the female Net-Casting Spider to mate with him. Once the Female responds to the male Net-Casting Spider they will go into a mating ritual with the male dying once he has mated with the female. The Female Net-Casting Spider will then deposits her brown egg sac under foliage in a woven web.
Diet for the Net-Casting Spider
The Net-Casting Spider will drop white fecal matter on to the ground while being suspended from a string of silk with its head down waiting patiently with its two legs and net for an insect to walk across the white specks, once the insect has been caught the Net-Casting Spider will drink the insects blood.