I’ve been in New Zealand for almost two weeks and I’ve been very involved with family stuff (all good) and have had little time to devote to my website. But this afternoon Batty called me out into the garden to see a spider that she had spotted on the trunk of a mid- sized yucca (family Asparagaceae) and I just have to share her with you.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of research and believe I’ve successfully identified her as a garden orbweb spider, Eriophora pustulosa. It took me a while to see her because she blended in so well with the structure on which she had constructed her egg sac.
This species is an immigrant from Australia, likely carried across on the jet stream, and is now pretty common here–though it’s the first I’ve seen in my many visits, probably thanks to the very-effective camouflage.