Eriophora biapicataCommon name: Garden Orb Weaver

Meaning of name: Unknown.

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, often 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. 

We have photographed this species throughout the year.

References: Atlas of Living Australia https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:f363d426-ac5e-4d26-a1f0-be0c0796a078#overview

Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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