Deinopis subrufa female at night
At 15C/59F, nights are a little cooler now, but there's still plenty to find. Always a delight to come across an Ogre spider - this one a little female. These spiders do not spin conventional webs, they hang out like this in the foliage with a tiny silken net strung between their front legs when hunting, ready to ensnare a passing meal. 10mm 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. They feed on a variety of insects - ants, beetles, crickets and other spiders. They can vary in color from fawn to pinkish brown or chocolate brown. Females are about 25mm in body length, males about 22mm. They are not dangerous to humans.
This species is often found on a few strands.. more