Deinopis subrufa dorsal with prey
Update January 21, 2020....I initially misidentified this net-caster as Deinopis ravida due to the abdomen shape. (Although similar, D. ravida and D. subrufa are recognised as separate species). She's been hanging around on a bush by my front door for several weeks. I'd noticed a male some time ago and then, much to my joy and excitement, I found her tucked in to a corner of my porch with an egg sac a week ago, so I wonder if this abdomen may have been full of eggs when I took this shot.
Female body length 25 mm
The presence of a pair of very large eyes that face forwards and long, slender legs that at rest are aligned in pairs to form an X are features of this and other Deinopis species. It is not too difficult to find a specimen with the characteristic net attached to its legs. Alternatively, abandoned nets are sometimes found where deinopids are common.