Venom toxicity - the bite of Orb-Weaving Spiders is of low risk
(not toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. Seldom
bite. Be careful not to walk into their webs at night - the fright of
this spider crawling over one's face can be terrifying and may cause a
heart attack, particularly to the susceptible over 40 year olds.
Area of distribution - Australia-wide, particularly
common in bushland along the eastern coastal areas.
Spider Identification - an adult is about
20 mm to 30 mm in body length - has a bulbous abdomen - often colorful
- dark to light brown pattern. The common Golden Orb-Weaver Spider has
a purplish bulbous abdomen with fine hairs.
Habitat - often found in summer in garden
areas around the home - they spin a large circular web of 2 metres or
more, often between buildings and shrubs, to snare flying insects, such
as, flies and mosquitoes.
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