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Garden orb web spider male

Eriophora transmarina

Description:

Spiky brown larger spider with elongated and barbed forelegs that look like formidable grasping tools.

Habitat:

On a leaf of a eucalyptus sapling in a suburban park.

Notes:

Spider #7 Note that it has anchored itself to the leaf with some strategically placed silk towards the rear of the spider.

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7 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 8 years ago

I think I took a photo of a male with my female too, but did not realize that it was a male. I'll have to find the photo.. Thanks for the link and the information.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Here is a link to the female
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/102...

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Asergio, here's another in this genus, with a very useful link . Since the female owns the web, the males are less often photographed.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Well here is the ID finally. It was hard because, as a male it is less often seen or recognised. http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_...
Garden Orb Web Spider Eriophora transmarina
That should have been easy.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Still looking for an ID. I believe it's an orb spider. The only close image I've seen is here http://www.insectidentification.org/inse...
Any thoughts?

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Maybe it is mimicking a dry leaf. The long forelegs remind me of the spider that mimics a bird dropping http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/815...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Photos are so clear ! - is he trying to look like a dried shrivelled-up edge of leaf - might explain the anchoring silk. very interesting.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jan 29, 2012
Submitted on Jan 29, 2012

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