Backyard Spiders. Budgewoi to Bateau Bay.

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This site was built with assistance from the following sites and people. We recommend them for further information and identification and thank their builders and owners for the excellent resources they have provided.

Dr. Ron Atkinson's. Find A Spider Guide. Robert Whyte and Dr. Greg Anderson's The Chew Brothers' Brisbane Insects.  

Ed Nieuwenhueys. Spiders of Australia. as well as Project Noah.


Quick guide to common spiders

male Wrap around Spider

Wrap-around Spider. Dolophones conifera

In the daytime they hide by pretending to be a node on a twig. You can see their effectiveness and size in the image above. This little female is hiding out on a clothing peg. At night they are said to make little webs on nearby twigs. They are accepted among the Orb Web Weavers in Araneidae so the webs would be complex.


Below is another female. The red between her legs may be to give a predator a shock if she is suddenly forced to move or it may be chafing. I have seen one with bright yellow as well. The spider at the bottom is either a male or another species. I suspect it is a male,


It was a surprise to find they are called Wrap-around Spider. I would have called it 'Turtle-shell Spider'. The one at the bottom is the first one I ever saw. He was on the fibro wall of the old garage and had probably been dislodged from a tree by big winds. He looked like a spatter of bird poo or mud although he is nowhere near as well disguised as some of the females who have much a larger abdomen compared to their legs.