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
Elegant Lynx Spider. Oxyopes elegans
These spiders hunt by chasing and leaping on their prey. Despite being similar in look and habits they are not Salticids
Like all spiders who hunt they have excellent sight. These spiders like to sit on platforms formed by leaves like the nasturtiums here or other plants that sit a small way above the canopy of the foliage where there is both cover and open hunting spaces
They are easily identified by the long spines on their legs
Below: This female was present at the same time and on the same plants as the male. At the time these were the only examples to be found on the property.