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Webspinner (Embioptera)Embioptera sp. (order)

Unidentified webspinner at Cook, ACT

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Embioptera sp. (order) at Cook, ACT - 27 Nov 2017
Embioptera sp. (order) at Cook, ACT - 27 Nov 2017
Embioptera sp. (order) at Cook, ACT - 27 Nov 2017
Embioptera sp. (order) at Cook, ACT - 27 Nov 2017

Identification history

Webspinner (Embioptera) Embioptera sp. (order) 26 Nov 2017 KimPullen
Unidentified 26 Nov 2017 CathB

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Author's notes

Webspinner? Found in the kitchen sink this morning. When transferred to container, ran round it backwards! Top and bottom views shown.

3 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   26 Nov 2017
I think this is the first webspinner on CNM! They are adept at running backwards; they normally live in silken tunnels and can move in both directions just as easily. If this one was inside your house, it was probably attracted to electric light.
RogerF wrote:
   26 Nov 2017
Definitely a web spinner, a much overlooked insect Order. I last saw one in Wadbilliga NP. The world expert in their taxonomy, biology and identification was Dr Edward Ross of the California Academy of Sciences, who died in March 2016 at the age of 100.
CathB wrote:
   27 Nov 2017
Thanks for the info. I have now added another picture with scale included. Unfortunately, not a very inspiring place to find such an interesting insect!

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Psocodea 'Psocoptera' sp. (order) (Unidentified bark louse) at Cook, ACT - 13 Apr 2019 by CathB
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Amblyopone sp. (genus) (Slow ant) at Cook, ACT - 13 Apr 2019 by CathB
Sidymella trapezia (Crab spider) at Cook, ACT - 13 Apr 2019 by CathB
Opisthoncus grassator (Jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 23 Mar 2019 by CathB
Cebysa leucotelus (Australian Bagmoth) at Cook, ACT - 12 Mar 2019 by CathB
Ogcodes sp. (genus) (Hunchback Fly) at Cook, ACT - 6 Mar 2019 by CathB
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Embioptera sp. (order) (Unidentified webspinner) at Cook, ACT - 2 Sep 2018 by CathB
Archimantis sp. (genus) (Large Brown Mantis) at Cook, ACT - 21 Aug 2018 by CathB
Salticidae (family) (Unidentified Jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 18 Jul 2018 by CathB
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Cook, ACT - 7 Jun 2018 by CathB
Pogonortalis doclea (Boatman fly) at Cook, ACT - 28 Apr 2018 by CathB
Cychramptodes murrayi (Wattle tick scale predator) at Cook, ACT - 13 Apr 2018 by CathB
Apricia jovialis (Jovial jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 28 Mar 2018 by CathB
Psychodidae sp. (family) (Moth Fly, Drain Fly) at Cook, ACT - 23 Mar 2018 by CathB
Psychodidae sp. (family) (Moth Fly, Drain Fly) at Cook, ACT - 13 Mar 2018 by CathB
Scioglyptis lyciaria (White-patch Bark Moth) at Cook, ACT - 8 Mar 2018 by CathB
Opogona comptella (A fungus moth) at Cook, ACT - 21 Feb 2018 by CathB
Heoclisis fundata (Antlion lacewing) at Cook, ACT - 18 Feb 2018 by CathB
Embioptera sp. (order) (Unidentified webspinner) at Cook, ACT - 10 Feb 2018 by CathB
Carphurus sp. (genus) (Soft-winged flower beetle) at Cook, ACT - 31 Jan 2018 by CathB
Celaenia calotoides (Bird-dropping spider) at Cook, ACT - 2 Jan 2018 by CathB
Embioptera sp. (order) (Unidentified webspinner) at Cook, ACT - 1 Jan 2018 by CathB
Neosparassus calligaster (Beautiful Badge Huntsman) at Cook, ACT - 24 Dec 2017 by CathB
Ocrisiona leucocomis (Jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 11 Dec 2017 by CathB
Mutillidae sp. (family) (Unidentified 'velvet ant') at Cook, ACT - 10 Dec 2017 by CathB
Hasarius adansonii (Adanson's house jumper) at Cook, ACT - 10 Dec 2017 by CathB
Tiliqua rugosa (Shingleback) at Cook, ACT - 7 Dec 2017 by CathB
Cebysa leucotelus (Australian Bagmoth) at Cook, ACT - 6 Dec 2017 by CathB
Aedes (Rampamyia) notoscriptus (Striped Mosquito) at Cook, ACT - 4 Dec 2017 by CathB
Pyralis farinalis (Meal Moth) at Cook, ACT - 3 Dec 2017 by CathB
Leptocoris mitellatus (Leptocoris bug) at Cook, ACT - 2 Dec 2017 by CathB
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Hemicloea sp. (genus) (Flat bark spider) at Cook, ACT - 1 Dec 2017 by CathB
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Stenolemus sp. (genus) (Thread-legged assassin bug) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2017 by CathB
Cydnidae sp. (family)#cnm2 (Unidentified burrower bug) at Cook, ACT - 26 Nov 2017 by CathB
Apricia jovialis (Jovial jumping spider) at Cook, ACT - 25 Nov 2017 by CathB

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Location information

  • Coordinates 149.068127-35.264276
  • Places Cook, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size (mm)
  • 27 Nov 2017 Recorded on
  • CathB Recorded by
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