A fast moving attractive Swift Spider with black cephalothorax and abdomen, black and white banded hind legs and orange front legs. The body had white patterns along the sides, a median white line on the cephalothorax and broken white pattern along the midline of the abdomen.
Its behaviour and erratic movements are a mimicry of the pompilid wasp - the orange legs move up and down like the orange antennae of the wasps.
This very attractive jumping spider was only about 6 mm long. It looked like two blobs of yellowish-orange but a closer look revealed a spider with a black cepahalothorax with an ochre colored anterior part and three thin white lines, one in the middle and two laterally placed. The abdomen had two bright orange "c"-shaped patterns facing each other with a central orange patch. All this on a background of very pale teal. The third pair of legs seemed to have dense white setae on the tarsi. The four eyes in the front were a deep green. The palps were white.
Spotted on black wattle in a reservoir park.
A very hairy but attractive jumping spider about 100 mm long. The dorsal aspect of the abdomen had reddish brown pattern with an inverted "Y" in black. Legs were hairy and banded.
Spotted on a eucalyptus tree trunk in a park.
Used to be called 'Breda jovialis' Estimated 10% of the prey size. Perfect attack site. Bite 'n hang on ! Found under pavilion eaves. Yet to search for prey ID
Reminds me of the weasel on the woodpecker.
Will somebody pull this wetsuit off please?
About 12mm body length this spider is trying to shed an old skin with only the legs yet to be extricated. Pic 2 is correct orientation so gravity may be an important factor. Also interesting is the two retaining lines; one from the original abdomen and one from the new. Did the abdomen come out first and place another line before proceeding?
On eucalyptus branches in a local nature reserve. Gilmour Park.
(need to add ' Deliochus pulcher ')
A tiny mottled brown and grey spider, suspended in a delicate web beneath a lily leaf, immediately becomes a pyramidal lump when disturbed. Camouflage or mimicry of some sort? Approximately 10mm.
Suburban back yard.
Previously named Uloborus congregabilis. Common on Australias east coast. Quite variable in pattern and colour. As the name suggests these spiders appear communally forming many orb type webs attached to each other.
Scrawny spider with beady little eyes and a silly looking fringe. Approximately 30mm total length.
Found inside suburban laundry room.
This one is apparently an ambush spider and prefers to live on eucalyptus trees. Must have got lost.
Do not confuse this species with 'Tibellus tenellus (Family Philodromidae). Most photos of Tibellus tenellus for Australia are probably wrongly IDed.
2-3mm long this spider displayed some strange behaviours. When running it was so fast I was sure it must be jumping or flying. When it stopped it always buried it's head into a tiny depression, raised it's abdomen and wrapped it's front legs over the other pairs and around the sides of it's abdomen. It would then hold that position for many minutes.
A bird dropping imitator but quite large so maybe an emu dropping mimic. This fat-bottomed girl was clutching onto what seemed to be a sac of eggs. Estimated abdomen size to be 16mm - the same size as the sac. As a pair they resembled some large nuts or seed pods but the species of shrub didn't produce anything similar.
A couple of jumping spiders resembling the local bullants.
One (♀?) is larger than the other. About 10mm long overall but it was hard to tell individual sizes.
On a blade of Gahnia sp. (sword grass) in a local nature reserve.
I realise now one is possibly devouring the other.