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Orb-weaving spider (several families)Austracantha minax

Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider at Black Mountain

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Austracantha minax at Black Mountain - 24 Dec 2016
Austracantha minax at Black Mountain - 24 Dec 2016
Austracantha minax at Black Mountain - 24 Dec 2016

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Author's notes

Colony of spiders on adjacent bushes near a shallow stream (dry). Smaller male spiders (about one quarter size of the females) were seen at the edge of several webs.

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Prodiaphania sp. (genus) (A Tachinid fly) at Black Mountain - 4 Apr 2020 by tpreston
Senostoma sp. (genus) (Bristle Fly) at Black Mountain - 4 Apr 2020 by tpreston
Chrysolina quadrigemina (Greater St Johns Wort beetle) at Black Mountain - 1 Feb 2020 by Harrisi
Myrmeleontidae (family) (Unidentified Antlion Lacewing) at Black Mountain - 31 Jan 2020 by Harrisi
Agrilus hypoleucus (Hypoleucus jewel beetle) at Black Mountain - 7 Jan 2020 by Harrisi
Leucopogon virgatus (Common Beard-heath) at Black Mountain - 2 Oct 2019 by RWPurdie
Melobasis sp. (genus) (Unidentified Melobasis jewel Beetle) at Black Mountain - 16 Feb 2019 by Harrisi
Ditropidus sp. (genus) (Leaf beetle) at Black Mountain - 16 Feb 2019 by Harrisi
Agrilus hypoleucus (Hypoleucus jewel beetle) at Black Mountain - 16 Feb 2019 by Harrisi
Kunzea parvifolia (Violet kunzea) at Black Mountain - 15 Nov 2018 by RWPurdie
Cyanicula caerulea (Blue fingers) at Black Mountain - 11 Sep 2018 by Alison Milton
Glossodia major (Wax lip orchid) at Black Mountain - 27 Sep 2017 by DerekC
Chiloglottis trapeziformis (Diamond ant orchid) at Black Mountain - 27 Sep 2017 by DerekC
Caladenia sp. at Black Mountain - 27 Sep 2017 by DerekC
Chiloglottis sp. at Black Mountain - 27 May 2017 by DerekC
Chiloglottis trapeziformis (Diamond ant orchid) at Black Mountain - 27 May 2017 by DerekC
Calochilus sp. (Bearded orchid) at Black Mountain - 27 May 2017 by DerekC
Haloragis heterophylla (Varied Raspwort) at Black Mountain - 3 Jan 2017 by RWPurdie
Riccia duplex var. megaspora at Black Mountain - 3 Jan 2017 by RWPurdie
Ellipsidion australe (Austral Ellipsidion cockroach) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Maroga melanostigma (Fruit tree borer) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Calomela curtisi (Acacia leaf beetle) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Galanga labeculata (Double-spotted cicada) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Dicranosterna immaculata (Acacia leaf beetle) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Parasynthemis regina (Royal Tigertail) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Goniaea australasiae (Gumleaf grasshopper) at Black Mountain - 23 Dec 2016 by ibaird
Aphrophorinae sp. (subfamily) (Unidentified spittlebug) at Black Mountain - 5 Dec 2016 by RWPurdie
Tricoryne elatior (Yellow Rush Lily) at Black Mountain - 5 Dec 2016 by RWPurdie
Chiloglottis trapeziformis (Diamond ant orchid) at Black Mountain - 27 Oct 2016 by DerekC
Chiloglottis trapeziformis (Diamond ant orchid) at Black Mountain - 27 Oct 2016 by petersan
Chiloglottis trapeziformis (Diamond ant orchid) at Black Mountain - 10 Sep 2015 by MattM
Chiloglottis trapeziformis (Diamond ant orchid) at Black Mountain - 31 Aug 2015 by MattM
Alternanthera sp. A Flora of NSW (M. Gray 5187) J. Palmer at Black Mountain - 18 Feb 2015 by RWPurdie
Cyperus sanguinolentus (A Sedge) at Black Mountain - 18 Feb 2015 by RWPurdie
Calochilus platychilus (Purple beard orchid) at Black Mountain - 11 Oct 2014 by galah681
Chiloglottis trapeziformis (Diamond ant orchid) at Black Mountain - 6 Oct 2014 by AaronClausen
Caladenia ustulata (Brown caps) at Black Mountain - 6 Oct 2014 by AaronClausen
Thelymitra carnea (Tiny sun orchid) at Black Mountain - 6 Oct 2014 by AaronClausen
Thelymitra carnea (Tiny sun orchid) at Black Mountain - 6 Oct 2014 by AaronClausen
Thysanotus patersonii (Twining fringe lily) at Black Mountain - 6 Oct 2014 by AaronClausen

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size
  • 23 Dec 2016 Recorded on
  • ibaird Recorded by

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