Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

The spiders you usually see

Garden orbweb spider

Garden orbweb spider

  • Most spider species in your own back garden have come to New Zealand from overseas. Examples from Australia include:
    • the large garden orbweb spider, Eriophora pustulosa;
    • the white-tailed spider, Lampona sp.
  • The slater spider, Dysdera crocata, is from Europe.
  • Some of these have come to New Zealand by human carriers and trade, and some have also come by ballooning.
  • Only a few native spiders have adapted to human-modified environments, for example, the crab spiders on garden flowers.