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Small bird-dropping spider (Arkys Cutulus) Almost walked straight past this one but thought &#039;wait a minute... birds don&#039;t do symmetry&#039;. <br />
About 10mm across. Depends entirely on camouflage and even a prodding finger is ignored. Arkys curtulus,Australia,Camouflage,Fall,Geotagged,Small bird dropping spider,arkys,spider Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Small bird-dropping spider (Arkys Cutulus)

Almost walked straight past this one but thought 'wait a minute... birds don't do symmetry'.
About 10mm across. Depends entirely on camouflage and even a prodding finger is ignored.

    comments (11)

  1. Very nice shape! Posted 5 months ago
  2. Keen eye to find this! Posted 5 months ago
  3. Lol, symmetrical bird poo. Posted 5 months ago
    1. Clever huh ! Posted 5 months ago
      1. Very ;) Posted 5 months ago
  4. That's a great shot given its size Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks. For me it's 'sometimes lucky'. Posted 5 months ago
  5. Nice one Mark. Posted 5 months ago
  6. Today's Facebook post:

    Can you imagine going out of your way to look like crap? For the small bird dropping spider (Arkys curtulus), this is its goal. It rests during the day with legs folded against its glossy, lumpy body, looking like a blob of bird poo. Thus, it escapes the attention of predators that are not willing to feast upon what appears to be excrement. This spider is a master of mimicry! {Spotted in NSW, Australia by Mark Ridgway} #JungleDragon #Arkyscurtulus

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted 4 months ago
    1. Adding to the crap already in FaceBook Christine? :-D
      Thanks.
      Posted 4 months ago
      1. You're welcome! Just doing my part ;P. Posted 4 months ago

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''Arkys curtulus'', the small bird dropping spider, is a small spider found in eastern Australia. It is usually seen resting on leaves waiting for prey to come near, commonly feasting on soldier flies. Colours and patterns vary considerably, ranging from cream, orange, mottled, brown or black.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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By Mark Ridgway

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Uploaded May 18, 2021. Captured Apr 22, 2021 12:49 in Narrabeen Lakes, New South Wales, Narrabeen NSW 2101, Australia.
  • TG-6
  • f/3.5
  • 1/250s
  • ISO250
  • 10.35mm