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Orb-weaving spider (several families)Austracantha minax

Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider at ANBG

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Austracantha minax at ANBG - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at ANBG - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at ANBG - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at ANBG - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at ANBG - 27 Jun 2019

Identification history

Orb-weaving spider (several families) Austracantha minax 29 Jun 2019 KimPullen
Unidentified 28 Jun 2019 Tim L

Author's notes

Thanks to Marcus Leach for the initial sighting.

6 comments

donhe wrote:
   28 Jun 2019
Laura Levens found a similar one in Victoria, see
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/psyc/psychr.html
We reckoned it might be a Lepidoscia species.
donhe wrote:
   28 Jun 2019
Could you detach the twig and take it into protective custody, and watch it for a year or so, to see what might come out?
Tim L wrote:
   29 Jun 2019
Thanks Don. I'll see what I can do.
Tim
CathB wrote:
   29 Jun 2019
This could be a spider egg sac rather than a moth. See Austracantha minax sightings 3390518, 3385253 and 3389316.
Tim L wrote:
   29 Jun 2019
Thanks for this information. I'll keep watching the egg sac and try and record what emerges.
Regards,
Tim
KimPullen wrote:
   29 Jun 2019
Yes Cath, it's an egg sac of a Christmas spider.

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Nearby Sightings

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Caladenia fuscata (Dusky fingers) at ANBG - 12 Sep 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 10 Sep 2019
Cleonyminae sp. (subfamily) (Parasitic wasp) at ANBG - 3 Sep 2019
Myrmecorhynchus emeryi (Possum ant) at ANBG - 28 Aug 2019
Myrmecorhynchus emeryi (Possum ant) at ANBG - 28 Aug 2019
Unidentified Wasp (Hymenoptera, Apocrita) (TBC) at ANBG - 28 Aug 2019
Mutillidae sp. (family) (Unidentified 'velvet ant') at ANBG - 28 Aug 2019
Microtropesa sp. (genus) (Tachinid fly) at ANBG - 19 Aug 2019
Alcaeus varicornis (Acacia stink bug) at ANBG - 16 Aug 2019
Crepidomenus fulgidus (Click beetle) at ANBG - 16 Aug 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 14 Aug 2019
Empididae sp. (family) (TBC) at ANBG - 12 Aug 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 7 Aug 2019
Psyllidae sp. (family) (Unidentified psyllid or lerp insect) at ANBG - 7 Aug 2019
Scymnodes sp. (genus) (TBC) at ANBG - 2 Aug 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 16 Jul 2019
Rhytidoponera metallica (Greenhead ant) at ANBG - 16 Jul 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 27 Jun 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 26 Jun 2019
Hyalarcta nigrescens (Ribbed Case Moth) at ANBG - 26 Jun 2019
Lepidoscia arctiella (Tower Case Moth) at ANBG - 26 Jun 2019
Mutillidae sp. (family) (Unidentified 'velvet ant') at ANBG - 26 Jun 2019
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at ANBG - 20 Jun 2019
Anystidae (family) (Unidentified anystid mite) at ANBG - 18 Jun 2019
Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis at ANBG - 14 Jun 2019
Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis at ANBG - 14 Jun 2019
Polyrhachis sp. (genus) (A spiny ant) at ANBG - 14 Jun 2019
Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis at ANBG - 14 Jun 2019
Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis at ANBG - 14 Jun 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 14 Jun 2019
Tamopsis sp. (genus) (Two-tailed spider) at ANBG - 14 Jun 2019
Rhytidoponera metallica (Greenhead ant) at ANBG - 28 May 2019
Monomorium kiliani (Kilian's ant) at ANBG - 25 May 2019
Monomorium kiliani (Kilian's ant) at ANBG - 24 May 2019
Oncopeltus sordidus (Milk vine bug) at ANBG - 22 May 2019
Anonychomyrma sp. (genus) (Black Cocktail Ant) at ANBG - 24 Apr 2019
Bembix sp. (genus) (Unidentified Bembix sand wasp) at ANBG - 15 Feb 2019
Tolpis barbata (Yellow Hawkweed) at ANBG - 11 Dec 2018
Acanthiza lineata (Striated Thornbill) at ANBG - 5 Nov 2018
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at ANBG - 1 Nov 2018
Simosyrphus grandicornis (Common hover fly) at ANBG - 1 Nov 2018
Lipotriches (Austronomia) phanerura (Halictid bee) at ANBG - 1 Nov 2018
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at ANBG - 18 Oct 2018
Alticini sp. (tribe) (Unidentified flea beetle) at ANBG - 25 Sep 2018
Sarothrocrepis civica (An arboreal 'ground' beetle) at ANBG - 25 Sep 2018
Unidentified Beetle (Coleoptera) (TBC) at ANBG - 25 Sep 2018
Unidentified Beetle (Coleoptera) (TBC) at ANBG - 21 Sep 2018
Caladenia fuscata (Dusky fingers) at ANBG - 11 Sep 2018
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at ANBG - 27 Apr 2018
Synthemis eustalacta (Swamp Tigertail) at ANBG - 1 Feb 2018

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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