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
''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.