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

Redback Spider. Latrodectus hasselti

The female above is about the size of a small pea. Normally this spider finds a protective refuge with a rear exit and builds her web there. A pot-plant with a drain hole at one end may be a good spot for a web. The spider above has made a very small web in an exposed position with no rear emergency exit. It is on a steel, powder coated fence panel. Unable to find a sheltered position she has added a part of a leaf to hide under when she is at rest


Below is another female. She has been scooped up for the purposes of taking her photograph. She had lost a leg. This spider was replaced on the garage wall and lived happily for at least another season. The spider at the top of the page was eaten by a White-tailed Spider.


There were no Redback Spiders inside the garage because that space was populated by Harvestman or Daddy Long-legs (Opiliones). Daddy Long-legs are relentless killers of spiders and it is said that a building where they live will have no Redbacks (at least not in the same spaces)