Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Sheetweb spider

Photo by Aaron Scott–Boddendijk

Photo by Aaron Scott–Boddendijk

Order: Araneae
Family: Stiphidiidae

Size range

  • Large spider. Body length about 25 mm


  • Several New Zealand species.
  • Common in gardens.

Life History

  • Builds a horizontal web with fine vertical threads above that act as knockdown threads
  • Has a tunnel retreat for daytime use
  • At night the spider waits under the web and immobilises the prey by biting through the web

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