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Tiny, and one of very few spiders which doesn't use venom.
Instead of venom it wraps silk onto prey so tightly that they are crushed. It then ejects digestive fluids onto the shroud and consumes it later.
Mottled brown and grey, suspended in a delicate but chaotic web beneath a lily leaf, folds to a pyramidal lump when disturbed.
Suburban back yard.
Common on Australias east coast. Quite variable in pattern and colour. As the name suggests these spiders appear communally forming many orb type webs attached to each other. "Each female construct a flattish, elongate egg sac about 9mm long and guards it, resting at one end, the combination of spider and egg sac resembling a small piece of debris. The egg sacs contain about 20 small non-glutinous spherical eggs." - arachne.org.au
Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012
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