Eriophora transmarinaCommon name: Garden Orb Weaver

Distribution: Found throughout Australia.

Description: A heavily built and hairy spider that comes in a variety of colours and patterns. From 15mm (male) – 30mm (female) long.

Notes: These are the common garden spiders that make that familiar vertical orb-web usually at face level. The web is usually eaten after a night’s use and renewed the next evening. During the day the spiders remain in hiding nearby. It eats night-flying insects but is not poisonous to humans.

References: Spiders of Australia. Ed Nieuwenhuys. http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/Spidaus.html.
Spider Watch, a Guide to Australian Spiders. Bert Brunet. 2000