Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Garden orbweb spider

Eriophora pustulosa (Walckenaer)

Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae

Size range

  • Small to medium–sized spider. Body length up to 12 mm


  • Found in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands

Life History

  • Maker of the classic circular webs
  • Eats any flying insects that are caught in the web
  • Wraps prey in silk to reduce struggling, then eats it at leisure
  • Colour pattern is variable

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