Spider Day: Isopeda (Huntsman)

Sunday, 29 October 2017
Huntsman spider (Isopeda sp.)

Huntsman spider (Isopeda sp.)

At about 0630hrs this morning I was alerted by a “plop” sound to the materialisation, next to my foot, of this Huntsman spider (Isopeda sp., probably Isopeda villosa).

Huntsman spider (Isopeda sp.)

Huntsman spider (Isopeda sp.)

Huntsman spider (Isopeda sp.)

Huntsman spider (Isopeda sp.)

In the minute or so it took to find and deploy the camera the spider had climbed up to the ceiling again, and I thought I was going to end up with nothing useful but the three photos below:

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Spider day: Eriophora transmarina (again)

Sunday, 5 February 2017
Eriophora transmarina, ventral view

Eriophora transmarina

With summer comes a host of these Australian Garden Orb Weaver spiders. They weave their very large webs at night and go hide during the day until alerted to the presence of prey.

Eriophora transmarina, dorsal view

You like my face. You know you do.

This big cutie built its web on the hills hoist on a hot windless day in March 2013. That was nice.

One of its relatives has decided that the main entrance to my house is an appropriate place for its home, and I keep walking into it. That is annoying.

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Spider day: Argiope keyserlingi

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

It’s the season!

St Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope keyserlingi) with prey

St Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope keyserlingi) with prey

St Andrew’s Cross Spiders (Argiope keyserlingi) have been absent from my backyard for a few years, and I’ve regretted their loss. But this year they are back, and in greater numbers than before.

St Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope keyserlingi), ventral view

St Andrew’s Cross Spider (Argiope keyserlingi), ventral view

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Spider day: Eriophora transmarina

Monday, 11 June 2012

Eriophora transmarina

I found a large web in the backyard one wet February morning, stretched between a rose bush and a hazelnut shrub. In the middle of it sat a smallish  Australian Garden Orb Weaver Spider (Eriophora transmarina): about 2.5 cm from the top of its head to its spinnerets.

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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is part of the Hawkesbury River system and in fact is where the Hawkesbury meets the sea. These photos are from a short day trip I made to this location.

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Golden orb web spider

Friday, 16 April 2010
Golden orb web spider (Nephila edulis), dorsal view

Golden orb web spider (Nephila edulis), dorsal view

I took these photos of a Golden orb web spider (Nephila edulis) in the rose bushes in my front yard on my return from my Mount Tomah trip on 28th February.

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