A moment of hope for Australia
Yesterday, there was a small moment of hope and respite for me amidst the carnage here in New South Wales, Australia. Not only did we get some sweet, sweet, beautiful rain (not enough for a deep soaking, but enough to at least damp down the fires somewhat, although there are still 150 fires burning).
I went in to the garden to feel the rain on my skin and look who I found enjoying it as well. First I've seen in a long, long while as insect and arachnid sightings have been well down for me. She's so beautiful and I was overcome with emotion as I thought about our world without treasures such as this.
Female Argiope keyserlingi 10 mm body length
''Argiope keyserlingi'' is a common species of orb-web spider found on the east coast of Australia, from central New South Wales to southern Queensland. It is very similar in appearance to the closely related north Queensland species, ''Argiope aetherea''. ''A. keyserlingi'' is commonly found in large populations in suburban parks and gardens, particularly amongst the leaves of ''Lomandra longifolia''. Like many species of orb-web spider, ''A. keyserlingi'' shows considerable sexual size dimorphism,.. more