Readers’ wildlife photos

I still have a decent backlog of photos, but not big enough to keep me from being a bit nervous. Please send in (or continue to send in) your good wildlife photos, and that includes plants and landscapes. Today’s batch comes from reader Tony Eales in Australia; his comments are indented.

Spiders!

Mum and the kids. Cryptachaea cf. veruculata is a Tangle-Web or Comb-Footed Spider in the family Theridiidae. They’re quite common and I often find them near the base of large trees.

The Helpis minitabunda is a type of jumping spider I’ve been longing to find for a while. I was very lucky to find a fully coloured up male as the females and juveniles have a dull cryptic grey colour. Unlucky for this guy he has been reduced to a hexapod in some past battles.

JAC: I found a YouTube video of this species, clearly not a colored-up male:

I’ve sent pictures of the ant mimicking jumping spider Myrmarachne luctuosa before but this is my best shot yet and it is hands down my favourite common spider.

Very happy with this shot of a Round Ant Eater, Omoedus orbiculatus, with Iridomyrmex purpureus prey and a Freeloader fly (family Chloropidae) joining in on the meal and swollen with juice.

Lastly a beautiful Zodariidae, known as Ant Spiders.  This one, Subasteron daviesae, is fairly large and easy to find compare with a lot of others in this family who hunt trough the leaf litter and grass.

10 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I sent you a skink (skink not skunk) a while ago – check your email – I’ll send again if you can’t find it (or don’t want to find it)….

  2. David Coxill
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Hi ,the second spider looks like an aged Hell’s Angel ,red bandana ,sunglasses and a white beard .

  3. Posted November 8, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Spiders! 👍. The tangle web spider belongs to the same family as the black widows, or your red-backed spider. But not all members of that family are regarded as producing highly toxic venom.
    There were discoveries a while back that some non-venomous snakes with venomous relatives actually have genes for venom, and produce small amounts of it. So one wonders if that is similarly the case for Therediid spiders. That is, do non-dangerous species have genes for the same forms of highly toxic venom as the dangerous species.

    • tjeales
      Posted November 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      I also wonder if some of the dangerousness comes from a species’ propensity to bite or ability to piece skin. Red Backs can trap large cockroaches and even lizards so need tough long fangs to envenomate their prey. These cobweb spiders might not have the same weaponry

  4. Posted November 8, 2017 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    All nice. The ant mimics is remarkable.

  5. Wayne Robinson
    Posted November 8, 2017 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Where do I send images for consideration?

    • Diane G.
      Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Find Jerry’s email by googling him or clicking on the research interests link above. 🙂

  6. Posted November 8, 2017 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Spider pics! Awesome.

  7. Mark R.
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Love these arachnids from down-under. Thanks!

  8. Diane G.
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Fascinating creatures and beautiful photography as well!


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