Backyard Spiders. Budgewoi to Bateau Bay.
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Quick guide to common spiders
ARANEIDAE Orb Weavers
DESIDAE Intertidal Spiders
HERSILIIDAE Two-tailed Spiders
LAMPONIDAE White tails
LYCOSIDAE Wolf Spiders
OXYOPIDAE Lynx Spider
THOMISIDAE Crab spiders
ZORIDAE. Wandering Ghosts
The male is above and the female is below. The male is closer to the correct colour. The flash turned the female silvery.
This spider does not have a sticky web. It relies on the tangled nature of it to capture prey. The spiders rarely move once they have established a web, The female is doing her normal nocturnal chore and repairing her web which she will do every night until it looks like the one at the bottom. Her web is on the unused garage door. In the day she hides but will leap out for prey or for water if any falls on the web or the surrounding area. They sip droplets from the web with gusto when the garden is misted during dry periods
The window-sill web below sat undisturbed by human activities for about seven years. B. insignis individuals came and went and I guess that this was a prize location because there were always large examples of the species inhabiting it. They can not have been the same spiders for all that time. It gathered bits of leaf and grass cuttings and became a very tough, shaggy and complex web shelter. The funnel shaped structures that cause people to be concerned about deadlier Funnel-web Spiders are clear.
Black House Spider. Badumna insignis