Orb Weavers


Orb Weaver Spiders This family of spiders is a very large one and includes over 2800 species in over 160 genera worldwide, making it the third largest family of spiders known behind the jumping spider family (Salticidae) and the second largest family of spiders called Linyphiidae commonly known as Sheet Weavers because of the shape of their webs.
The oldest known orb-weaving spider is ‘Mesozygiella dunlopi’, an extinct species of orb-weaving spider with specimens found in amber dating from the Lower Cretaceous period.

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Biology & Behavior

​Orb weavers produce characteristic large webs that have radiating threads from a central point. Some of the orb weavers become quite large, such as the common garden argiopes and the monkey faced or cat faced spiders. They attract attention because of their conspicuous size and web. They rarely enter homes.​



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