Paul’s photos show the beginning of life for the adult cicada – below is the end for some.
A feast indeed
According to the Australian Museum, this is a female garden orb weaver, Eriophora transmarina. The body pattern of this species is apparently very diverse. It can be a dark grey body with white, yellow, orange or rust-red stripe. Some are dark with a V-shaped line of bright white dots and others are just dark grey with no pattern. This one is a white spot form.
The Museum was impressed with the photo and asked permission to put it on their identification website. I’m chuffed!
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