This spider is a new visitor to my garden. It has been fascinating watching the web evolve.
The Stone Nest Spider is web-bound and spins it’s webs near water in low base vegetation.
They are medium-sized spiders with an elliptical abdomen. It constructs webs up to 20 cm in diameter, most often horizontally. A retreat is always constructed, varying in shape from an inverted cone to a spiral shaped cornucopia. It is constructed of tough silken threads into which are woven grains of sand, vegetable debris and often shells of prey items. The retreat is secured above the hub of the web by tough silken threads which pull the center of the web upwards into a cone shape. This retreat is also used for the egg sac and a nursery for the spider-lings.