Silver teardrop spider

Argyrodes antipodiana, family Theridiidae

Identification

Small spiders that look like a drop of silver. They have a small black head and legs with large silver body in shape of teardrop.

Length: Leg span about 10mm.

Distribution

Bushland and suburbs in Eastern Australia.

Web

Spiders build tiny threads of silk spanning the webs of Golden Orb spiders (Nephila) and of other web building spiders.

Bite

Too small to bite humans effectively.

Notes

These spiders, termed kleptoparasites, steal food both from the webs of other spiders and remarkably from the very mouth of other spiders where they join the host spider when it is feeding.

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