Orb webs are the quintessential circular spider webs built between two trees or under the eaves of a roof. Most of the spiders in this family build some variation on this design.
This is a very diverse family with spiders of all shapes, sizes, colouration, and behaviours. Females are often almost 1000 times the size of the male. The orb web is used to trap prey and is often a very beautiful structure.
All members of this family are completely harmless to humans. Most of them are bound to their webs and will not leave it unless the web is destroyed.
Above: Neoscona sp - HAIRY FIELD SPIDER. Similar in size and superficially in appearance to the Bark Spiders (Caerostris spp), these spiders also build large orb webs between trees and under the eaves of roofs to catch nocturnal flying insects.