spiders can be easily recognised by the characteristic U-shaped demarcation
between the raised "head" (the cephalic part of the cephalothorax)
and the flat thoracic region. The egg-sac is yellowish brown and woolly
Family Araneidae, Orb-Web Spiders.
Habitat: Primary and secondary
Female: 4-6 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Indonesia,
Myanmar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, Northern Australia.
Spiders of the genus Cyclosa decorate their vertical orb-webs
with a band of rubbish made of remains of insects bound in silk. The
spider sits in the hub and appears to be a part of the debris, thereby
camouflaging itself. The vertical orb-web is decorated by a vertical
band of debris through the centre.
Web of Cyclosa confraga (above)
and Cyclosa micula (left)