Cyclosa is very diverse in Australia with at least 10 species, currently under revision. At this stage it is not possible to reliably identify Australian Cyclosa to species, with the exception of a few such as C. trilobata, C. bacilliformis, and C. bifida. C. trilobata is a temperate spider first described in New Zealand and not generally found in Queensland. C. insulana is widespread, from the Mediterranean to the Philippines and Australia and is usually the name put to a collection of spiders yet to be worked out.
- Showing red on sides of abdomen
- From above
- Cyclosa closeup, side view - hairy
- From above, orange colour variation
- Insulana shape, colour variation from above, side
- Insulana shape, colour variation from above, from behind
- Another Cycosa from above
- Another Cycosa above from side
- Colourful specimen from side
- Colourful specimen from above
- Female, from above
- Female, from side
- Male from above
- Male from side (hanging upside down)
- Freshly moulted male
- Another male
- Male underneath 250111 Freshwater National Park
- Male adult 230111 from side
- Female in alcohol
Showing red on sides of abdomen
About 5mm body length, this one had a dramatic pattern flowing upward along the lobed abdomen to a stubby, elongated tail. The remainder of the adbdomen was a vivid red. At rest in its web it looks like a bit of debris.
Cyclosa species often produce webs that look ike this with a stabilmentum that spirals out in a circular fashion from the centre of the web, where the spider usually waits.
Cyclosa closeup, side view - hairy
This closeup shows the hairs more obviously, while the preceding photos were of apparently less hairy specimens.
From above, orange colour variation
Insulana shape, colour variation from above, side
Insulana shape, colour variation from above, from behind
Another Cycosa from above
Another Cycosa above from side
Colourful specimen from side
Colourful specimen from above
Female, from above
Collected on the creek near the SOWN shed, Paten Park on 15 August 2009. Body length about 8mm.
Female, from side
Male from above
Collected on the creek near the SOWN shed, Paten Park on 15 August 2009. Body length about 6mm.
Male from side (hanging upside down)
Freshly moulted male
This male moulted while in captivity and may be adult in this photo.