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

Diamonded Tharpyna. Tharpyna diademata

Tharpyna diademata
Tharpyna diademata
T. diademata

This tiny spider (no more than 3 or 4mm) appeared three times on my steel back fence over eight years. Each time I would send a photograph to Ron Atkinson and he would try to identify it. The first pictures were awful and must have frustrated him. It is good that he is so stubborn, Eventually there was the body of work shown on this page and it was enough to try for an identity. That is all I know about this spider apart from the fact that they appeared in spring and mid to late summer. One of these may be T. simpsoni