Category Archives: Spiders

Sometimes the spider wins

I often see a wasp in summer, dragging around a spider larger than itself, whose legs it has have ripped off the spider’s paralysed body. The wasp places the body in its egg chamber, all nice and fresh for the … Continue reading

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The peregrinating spider

Prue and I went to Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, whose trees and shrubs have grown tremendously since I first went there. While sauntering along its mossy paths, a movement caught my eye. It was a very fast-moving, colourful little spider. … Continue reading

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Meanwhile in Cape Town … the spider invasion

Friend Jane says there’s been an influx of Nephila fenestrata, the black-legged golden orbweaver, into suburban Cape Town. Where she lives, the strong webs of these spiders are being strung across walking paths as well as gardens. Luckily, it’s easy … Continue reading

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Fearsome fangs

I was sorting out stuff in my laundry this morning. It’s open to the outside so I guess it’s no surprise that this fellow should be in a bucket. It was quite assertive, rearing up backwards in classic striking position. … Continue reading

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Tiny treasures: the invertebrates

Some of the many enjoyable activities on the Hinterland Bush Links course involved the invertebrates of the subtropical rainforest. Our fearless leader was the enthusiastic Michelle Gleeson (of Bugs Ed and author of Miniature Lives).           … Continue reading

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Here’s lookin’ at you, kid

Summertime is insect and spider time. Most insects zoom or scuttle past fast with little chance of me getting a photo. Wasps are busy couriering paralysed and legless spiders (sometimes larger than they are) to their burrows, so their babies … Continue reading

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A Christmas hamper

How do you want to go? Peacefully in bed? Doing something you love? Doing something that makes the world a better place? Looking for a delicious meal? Looking for love? I suspect the beetle below was doing the last paragraph … Continue reading

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The amazing spines of the spineless

Isn’t language great? One word can mean several things. It’s hell on those trying to learn another language, though. ‘Spine’ can mean ‘a series of vertebrae extending from the skull to the small of the back, enclosing the spinal cord … Continue reading

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The silence in the forest

Walking along the tracks of Lord Howe Island’s palm forests was a strange experience. All I could hear was the wind through the palm leaves, the sea and the occasional rustle. At home when I hear rustling, it’ll be a … Continue reading

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (part 2)

Continued from part 1 (Apologies for the blurry nature of some photos – it was getting dark towards the end of the afternoon and bars got in the way with some birds.) The sanctuary has many birds on display, such … Continue reading

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