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Jewel Spider

Austracantha minax


The Australian jewel spider (Austracantha minax) belongs to the distinctive orb-weaver family, and is beautifully ornamented with spines and circular impressions on the abdomen. The Australian jewel spider is widespread throughout Australia .


They like to make their webs in shrubby woodlands in large communities of spiders with each individual web connected together into a miniature spider city.

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NathBig 6 years ago

Think he was still building it.

ShannaB 6 years ago

Ohh, so jealous Nath. One day I'll see one of these. I really like the second shot where it's dangling from the web. Did the web look damaged or was it a work in progress?

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jul 24, 2014
Submitted on Aug 1, 2014

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