Lately at night, when we opened the front door, we noticed a large spider web. A big fat garden orb weaver spider (Eriophora sp.) could be seen weaving its web that hung down from the gutter. The web was a typical orb structure, quite big with a diameter around 75 cm. Oddly, this web was not there during the day. Apparently that this particular spider would remove the web every morning when the the sun is rising and every night it will construct a new one.
Last night I took some photos and this master weaver was not shy at all and it was not afraid of the bright flash from the camera. I read that garden orb weaver spiders have very poor eyesight, it explains why the spider was not bothered at all when I took photos in a very close range. It could be a she as it was quite big with very red legs (female size about 2 – 3 cm and male 1.5 – 2 cm). It is said that this spider is a reluctant biter, however if it does bite, it can cause swelling, redness, itchiness. In a severe cases can cause headache and nausea.
Being a nocturnal that is active at night time, this Australian native spider will retire during the day hiding underneath foliage, inside tree trunk or building crevices and it will fold all the legs neatly underneath the body for camouflage.
It was hard to see clearly at night and I never expected that the spider would be quite hairy with a nice colour blend of brown, orange-yellow and dark red.
Photos were taken February 10, 2015 around 10.00 PM by using a Panasonic Lumix FH1.
Note: February 11, 2015 – 10.40 PM. Once again the spider has just completed weaving a new web in the exact same location as yesterday and few nights before. From my observation, it moved quickly while spinning the web and could finish the construction (approximately 75 cm in diameter) in much less than 2 hours. I just hope that it can catch a nice meal very soon. Good luck my spider friend 🙂
Arachnophobia is an abnormal and excessive fear of spiders. A person who is arachnophobic will experience extreme fear to see a spider that can cause panic attack, breathing problem, cold sweat or fast heart beats. Some people with arachnopobia will deliberately avoid going to places where spiders are likely to be found, like for examples old buildings, parks, garden, forest etc.