The Australian Jewel Spider, species Austracantha minax family Araneidae , also know as the chrismas spider, or spiny spider, has a very distinctive body. With bright coloring and sharp black spikes, its fairly easy to indentify. This species occurs throughout most of Australia. They like to make their webs in shrubby woodlands, where large communites of spiders with each individual web connected together into a miniature spider city. Eggs sacs are red brown, and can be a variety of shapes. They are usually attached to a twig near the web Females are larger than males measuring 7mm as opposed to the males smaller 4mm.
A jewelled spiders bite will only give a mildly painful bite with temporary local reaction.
Topside of a jewel spider hanging on its web
Underside of a jewel spider crawling along wire
A Jewel Spider
A Jewel Spider on a bit of string with a garden orb weaver semi visible at the bottom of the photo
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