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Hide and seek I&#039;ve been watching this little leaf-curling spider the past few days and the timing was right this morning - finally managed a couple of quick shots as she came out of her hiding place - then she promptly shot back in! I notice from the image that she&#039;s missing a front leg.<br />
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These intriguing spiders protect themselves from predators by sitting inside an impressively constructed, silk seamed, curled leaf. <br />
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10 mm body length Araneae,Araneidae,Australia,Fall,Geotagged,Leaf curling spider,Phonognatha graeffei,arachnid,autumn,fauna,invertebrate,leaf-curling spider,macro,new south wales Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Hide and seek

I've been watching this little leaf-curling spider the past few days and the timing was right this morning - finally managed a couple of quick shots as she came out of her hiding place - then she promptly shot back in! I notice from the image that she's missing a front leg.

These intriguing spiders protect themselves from predators by sitting inside an impressively constructed, silk seamed, curled leaf.

10 mm body length

    comments (5)

  1. WOW! This is very cool! Great capture, Ruth! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Cheers Christine. Posted 3 months ago
  2. This has to be the perfect capture of this species, fully matching its name and behavior. Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thank you! I'll also try for a shot of her right side up. Posted 3 months ago
  3. Love the composition. Posted 2 months ago

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''Phonognatha graeffei'', referred to as the Leaf curling spider, is a common Australian spider found in urban areas as well as woodlands in the North-eastern, Eastern and Southern states. A small member of the Araneidae family, the orb-weavers, it was previously placed in Tetragnathidae.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Apr 28, 2021. Captured Apr 28, 2021 11:13 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm