tiabunna

tiabunna

Posted on 06/02/2014


Photo taken on May  7, 2014



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The Spider and Her Web

Mouse Spider

Mouse Spider 

This male Red-headed Mouse Spider (the colour indicates the sex) was wandering around at Lake Mungo: the female is entirely black. One of Australia's eight species of mouse spiders, these are found in the arid areas and, although there are few reported cases of bites, they are thought to be quite venomous. What excited me, on doing some research, was to find that they are part of our Gondwanan fauna, with their nearest overseas relatives in South America.

Anne-Marie(Minus), Meadowmom, Joan+, Gerlinde and 15 other people have particularly liked this photo


36 comments - The latest ones
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Seen on Silver Surfers. A pretty colourful spider well photographed.
4 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
o0o well I know he/she is not a bug ... but ... he might like
to come along ... ;-) oOo

ADMIRED in NATURE 4U
4 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
( but a great macro)
4 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
Mmm . . . I like it !

;-)) and also
ADMIRED in 4U
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
o0o no doubt he will make short work
of the bugs ;-) oOo

ADMIRED at the UGLY BUG BALL
4 years ago.
Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall
Excellent
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome capture!

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4 years ago.
Gerda
Gerda
Great and interesting shot and description...this spider looks huge. I'm glad that we don't have them in Luxembourg :o)
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Gerda
I'd estimate it was about 50mm across the legs.
4 years ago.
slgwv
slgwv
One colorful spider!
4 years ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Hopefully you had had a long telephoto lens in your bag. ;))
4 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Great finding of unusual Mouse Spider !
4 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
An interesting and beautifully colored spider you captured here.

ADMIRED in 4U
4 years ago.
Jean
Jean
It's a beautiful spider, beautifully captured.
4 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
That is a beautiful spider. Great capture, George.
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Many thanks, everyone, for your kind comments and faves on this shot. I can assure you I was watching it very carefully - and fortunately they do not jump. :)
4 years ago.
Ian Grainger
Ian Grainger
Oh my, now I don't get along with spiders very well, and definitely don't want to meet a venomous one!
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Ian Grainger
I just commented on the kangaroos shot that we're lucky with our wildlife. Some more than others I guess - there is an antivenine for spiders now and bites are very rare indeed.
4 years ago.
forlornhop
forlornhop
What a find. I've never seen one of these. Looking at it, I'm not sure I'd want to either... :)
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to forlornhop
Thanks, Dave. They don't seem to jump and it didn't seem to move as fast as me, so I thought it a good colourful subject. :)
4 years ago.
imbala
imbala
Cool colours! We have black mouse spiders here in NE NSW, and I'm told that hey not only bite, but that they don't let go, once they've got hold.
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to imbala
Apparently the females of these are black, as are some other varieties. Apart from any consideration of toxicity, I sure wouldn't want one of these to sink its fangs into me. :)
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Yes, I suspect you're right, though it could also be to attract the females.
4 years ago.
Rafa
Rafa
Excelente
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Rafa
Thank you.
4 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
a stunning species
great with those colours...I had heard of those mouse-spiders without having seen any
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Christel Ehretsmann
Thank you, Christel.
4 years ago.
Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Indeed surprising well this red head for the male.
Is it to indicate to the female that it is ready, too, to reproduce?
And thank you for this division(sharing) ++.
Translation: Reverso.

Bien surprenant en effet cette tête rouge pour le mâle .
Est-ce pour indiquer à la femelle qu'il est prêt, lui aussi, à se reproduire ?
Et merci pour ce partage ++.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Je suis désolé de dire que je ne connais pas vraiment la raison pour laquelle les couleurs vives des hommes. Je soupçonne que c'est en grande partie pour l'affichage pour attirer les femelles.
4 years ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
interesting spider - wonderful capture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Gerlinde
Thank you very much, Gerlinde.
4 years ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
also admired in: P'TITES BEBÊTES EN MACRO.
4 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
Hey, what a heritage that spider has! Now its ancestral line is most impressive, as is its appearance.

I suppose natural curiosity induces one to get as close as possible but, also, a sense of Take Care! Super shot & info
4 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Joan+
Thank you Joan. Yes, it's always a buzz when that Gondwana linkage shows up (and surprising how often it does). It was indeed a balance between curiousity and caution. :)
4 years ago.