Animal Species:Two-spined Spider
The Two-spined or Enamelled Spider is one of the most curious and beautiful of all spiders.
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The Two-spined Spider has a rounded abdomen that is brightly coloured in red, yellow, green and black with two large white spines.
Coastal New South Wales and Queensland.
Forests and woodlands, heath.
Vegetation Habitat: open woodland
arthropod-feeder, carnivorous, predator
Other behaviours and adaptations
Despite their conspicuous colours, they are seldom seen as they usually hide under leaves during the day. At night they emerge and spin a horizontal orb web to catch night-flying insects such as moths. In the morning they eat their web completely and settle down to hide for the day. The Two-spined Spider is one of the few spiders that can change colour quickly, perhaps to confuse potential predators.
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