Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos from a regular: Tony Eales of Brisbane. Tony’s notes and IDs are indented, and check out the spider and its egg sac in the fourth photo.

Spring has sprung but life is only slowly struggling out from under winter where I am, as it has remained very dry for a few months now. Even so, the signs are here if you look hard enough.

I hardly ever see these little Theridiids without a clutch of giant eggs. I’m told that these are undescribed but will probably fall in the genus Chrysso. I’ve posted pics of these before but they are a personal fave.

I found my first masked bee of the season and a new one for my life list. A female Hylaeus (Hylaeorhiza) nubilosus. She was warming up on the back wall of my house.

In the local sub-tropical rainforest there was some activity despite the dry conditions. I found these little Lioponera sp. ants moving house. These ants aren’t often seen above ground. They specialise in raiding termites for their larvae and generally stay underground and within logs.

I was stunned by the weird long egg sac of this Miagrammopes sp. These are strange enough spiders already but I’ve never seen an egg sac like this before.

In the same family with a more normal egg sac is this little Philoponella sp. Both these spiders have no venom and don’t have sticky droplets on their web. Spidering on hard mode.

Finally I came across this clump of newly hatched spiderlings. No idea what species they are but a definite sign that spring is here.

 

10 Comments

  1. Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Wow a fantastic creatures! I wish you rain… 👍

  2. Joe Routon
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Fascinating! Great shots!

  3. Hempenstein
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Despite no venom or glue Miagrammopes must be getting something to eat, to make an egg sac that large.

  4. Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Fantastic! I have not realized that egg sacs would be subjected to camouflage, but of course it makes sense that they would be. Here to the nth degree with Miagrammopes especially.

  5. Posted October 28, 2020 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Nice photos Tony, thanks!

  6. rickflick
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    This is why they call it the land of OZ. Brilliant!

  7. darrelle
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    The Miagrammopes with the extraordinary egg sack looks even more like a stick insect than with out.

    Wonderful pics.

  8. Posted October 28, 2020 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    This is marvellous stuff, Tony! Thank you. I’m not surprised that Miagrammopes would have an egg sac like that. Makes for better blending in on a leaf for both mother and egg sace, is my guess, and I imagine the spiderlings with their narrow bodies and long legs, all lined up inside rather like sardines.

  9. Mark R.
    Posted October 28, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Great photos. I always appreciate your arthropod pics from down under.

  10. Posted October 28, 2020 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Wait, there’s a critter in Australia that does not have venom? The land of funnel web spiders and coral snakes? Good luck to you mate!


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