We have a couple of common and really interesting lace web spiders in Narrogin. The name comes from the lacy nature of their very sticky webs.
The Black House Spider Badumna insignis that has a funnel-type web in every home and many cars (I have one in my external rear vision mirror), looks nasty but is really a wimp. They are very reclusive and are regularly eaten by birds and White-tailed Spiders.
The one on the left is about to feast on a donated cockroach, but only after I was hidden from it.
In late summer a young female establishes the web that is enlarged by her and her spiderlings that may number in the hundreds. The web contains a central living area of interconnecting tunnels that is surrounded by a communal catching web. It becomes a small city that contains the spiders, their parasites, and other beasties that feed on the debris. The dew-laden social web is an early stage.
Until this autumn, I have wondered where these solitary webs were.
If you look closely on sheoak needles, you may see a miserable little web that ends in a thin conical retreat of silk and insect bits.
It took me a long time to coax one out with tasty flies and moths. They are small (about 5mm) lovely spiders that are covered with white hairs to help them cope with hot dry weather.