Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Avondale spider

Delena cancerides Walckenaer

Order: Araneae
Family: Sparassidae

Size range

  • Large spider, body length 30 mm, leg span up to 200 mm


  • An Australian species, accidentally introduced to NZ in 1924
  • Found in the Avondale area of Auckland

Life History

  • Eats moths and flies
  • An active hunter
  • Uses webbing only in association with egg sac and as a dragline for safety

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