Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Twospined spider

Photo by Ruth Renner

Photo by Ruth Renner

Poecilopachys australasiae (Griffith & Pidgeon)

Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae

Size range

  • Small, bright spider. Body length about 7–8 mm


  • From Australia, found in New Zealand since the 1970s

Life History

  • Found in gardens on shrubs, often on citrus trees
  • Builds a small orbweb at night–time
  • Dismantles the web after use
  • Eggsac spindle–shaped
  • Food includes moths

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