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The spiders you usually see
Garden orbweb spider
- Most spider species in your own back garden have come to New Zealand from overseas. Examples from Australia include:
- the large garden orbweb spider, Eriophora pustulosa;
- the white-tailed spider, Lampona sp.
- The slater spider, Dysdera crocata, is from Europe.
- Some of these have come to New Zealand by human carriers and trade, and some have also come by ballooning.
- Only a few native spiders have adapted to human-modified environments, for example, the crab spiders on garden flowers.