Leaf curling Spider
Curled leaf
Ellura
Leaf curling Spider
Ventral
 
    
Leaf curling Spider (Phonognatha graeffei)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Spider, Scorpion, Mite & Tick (Arachnida)
Order: Spider (Araneae)
Family: Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae)
Species: Leaf curling Spider (Phonognatha graeffei)
This Photo:     Anterior

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
As the name suggests they curl up a leaf and dangle it in the middle of their web. Then sit with their legs on the web, waiting for vibrations from prey. They then dart out, snare it and bring it back to the leaf.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Apr-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species