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
B. longinqua tend to make messy webs on foliage. Their webs are not sticky and they rely on tangling the feet or wings of prey. The webs below are on walls and show how this spider builds a little bit of leaf material or something into their shelter for extra protection.
While it is not the rule B. insignis tend to hide in cracks and niches in walls and rocks while B. longinqua tend to be surface dwelling
Right is a male while below is a female. B. insignis looks very similar. They grow to about 12mm or so.
They tend to remain in their webs all their lives and keep repairing them until they become complex and shaggy. These spiders were part of a large community which lived undisturbed on the back fibro wall of the old garage at Budgewoi
Because they stay in their webs for so long they are a main prey item for White Tails, wasps, Huntsman Spiders and a number of other predators.
Below, A Lampona (White-tailed Spider) slides into a Brown Badumna's shelter and makes a meal of the occupant
Brown House Spider. Badumna Longinqua