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Old Oct 12, 2010, 4:49 AM   #1
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Default [pics] Garden Orb-weaving Spider & Black House Spider

A Garden Orb-weaving Spider taking refuge on a dragon crystal hanging under the back verandah. The previous night it had spun a massive web in the driveway between the fence & the house just over my car, almost died when I went out the front & almost walked into the web.

The Garden Orb-weaving spider, as the name suggests, builds a large, strongly constructed orb-shaped web to catch itís prey of mostly flying insects. The web is usually constructed in the evenings & is often taken down the following dawn. The spider rests upside down in the centre of the web during the night & spends the day on nearby foliage with itís legs drawn in & is well camouflaged.

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This is the resident Black House Spider that lives just outside the front door next to the porch light at my place. It never goes hungry considering the number of insects that are attracted to the light.

The Black House Spider is a timid spider which will normally only venture from itís hiding place when prey is entangled in the web. The prey is then quickly seized & dragged back into the lair.


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Old Oct 12, 2010, 11:35 AM   #2
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Great set again.

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