22 March 2008

What Spider is this?

Dad was watering the daisies and saw this amazing spider. Naturally he took a photo to show me and now we are sharing it with you. (Click for more details)
Does anyone have an idea as to the type of spider this is?

Update: The Australian Museum thinks the spider may be this one.
I suspect your spider might be either Eriophora (formerly Araneus) praesignis or a close relative. It is harmless and builds a small orb web amongst lush foliage. It is not thought to be particularly common. We could be more positive of the identification however if you can supply a specimen.Here is a link. You will note that the colour is different but the species seem to be quite variable.
The Search and Discover facility of the Australian Museum is a very useful service provided by the Australian Museum. Thanks for the help!

8 comments:

patternnuts said...

I don't know what type it is, but, I found a possible resource that may help you.
http://www.amonline.net.au/sand/enquiries/making.htm

DavidofOz said...

That's a great link patternuts. We have lodged an enquiry and we'll see what they discover.
Thanks.

patternnuts said...

I look forward to finding out what it is! It reminds me of the mystery bird I had in my yard for several days. I had to know what it was.
Who knows, it may be a new species discovered! :)

Adele said...

Orb weaver?

God bless,
Adele

DavidofOz said...

I think you may be right! I looked up this: Australian Garden Orb Weaver Spider.

Cay G. said...

Ugh~

Bill B said...

David, I'm pretty sure this is your spider: http://www.usq.edu.au/spider/find/spiders/610.htm

Greetings to you from Blairsville and Happy Easter!

DavidofOz said...

Thanks Bill - I'm sure it is.