Ogre spider lateral view
It's all happening here, east coast New South Wales, Australia - well, it is spring. Excited to have my first redback of the season by my house back door...and a handsome ogre spider by the front!
These spiders are also commonly called net-casters due to their highly unique mode of hunting (they do not spin conventional webs, but remain in the foliage with a tiny silken net strung between their front legs, ready to ensnare a passing meal, mostly during night-time hours). This is a male, with his remarkable pedipalps hanging down in front of his face.
15 mm body length.
''Deinopis subrufa'' is a species of net-casting spiders. It occurs in eastern Australia and Tasmania. It is a nocturnal hunter, having excellent eyesight, and hunts using a silken net to capture its prey.