Tent web spiders belong to the orb weaver family Araneidae, but do not produce typical vertical circular orb webs. They have non sticky horizontal webs, with a cone shaped arrangement of silken threads above that contains a central silky mass that is used as a retreat, nursery and rubbish dump.
The spider approaches its prey from the underside of the web. Webs are common in sedges and low shrubs on open country, and form a part of the ‘fairy houses’ web display on dewy mornings.
These spiders also share their webs with tiny kleptoparasite spiders.