Friday, May 23, 2014

Creature Feature #216: Enamelled Spider

The Enamelled Spider is a large Orb-Web Spider, found in the eastern and southern states of Australia. The body length of the females can measure up 18mm, with the legs making her appear rather larger. Webs are elaborate and beautiful, as is the spider herself, her abdomen shimmering in shades of green and brown. Colouration can vary by geographical location. She is primarily nocturnal, lurking in vegetation during the day and coming out at night to dine on flying insects trapped in her web.  Her web is built approximately 1 metre from the ground and at a slight angle to better catch her prey.

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