Sunday, February 28, 2010
Net Casting Spider
Deinopis Ravidus. Family Deinopidae.
Where we live is surrounded by the Blue Mountains National park. So it should come as no surprise that our home is host to a large variety of crawlies. Rather than get all worked up over a few spiders, sankes and lizards, its far easier to learn about them, their behviour and what to look out for.
One of the most facinating spiders in my garden is the net casting spider. In this case a male. They catch their prey just like a fisherman casting a net for fish!
Net at the ready, (not my photo).
The males legs grow up to 8cm in length and look rather like a stick insect. Harmless to us they make an intersting addition for keeping the bugs down. So, even on a weekend full of work, there is still time to discover something new.