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Philoponella congregabilis

Philoponella congregabilis


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." -

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks for the ideas and comments everyone. I really thought this weird little spider wouldn't attract much attention. So did the spider I suppose :-) I'll follow your threads tomorrow.

auntnance123 7 years ago

Possibly a trashline orb weaver--that behavior is typical for them.

brainpunk 7 years ago


Atul 7 years ago

this is so amazing ..... super mimicry ...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

And any similarity with this...?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Bird Dung type... may as seen on this link...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

An interesting spider. The palps(?) look like moist pads...

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012

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