Austracantha minax

Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider at Hackett, ACT

Austracantha minax at Hackett, ACT - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at Hackett, ACT - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at Hackett, ACT - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at Hackett, ACT - 27 Jun 2019
Austracantha minax at Hackett, ACT - 27 Jun 2019
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Identification history

Austracantha minax 29 Jun 2019 KimPullen
Unidentified 28 Jun 2019 TimL

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Thanks to Marcus Leach for the initial sighting.

6 comments

donhe wrote:
   29 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:
   29 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?
TimL wrote:
   29 Jun 2019
Thanks Don. I'll see what I can do.
Tim
CathB wrote:
   30 Jun 2019
This could be a spider egg sac rather than a moth. See Austracantha minax sightings 3390518, 3385253 and 3389316.
TimL wrote:
   30 Jun 2019
Thanks for this information. I'll keep watching the egg sac and try and record what emerges.
Regards,
Tim
KimPullen wrote:
   30 Jun 2019
Yes Cath, it's an egg sac of a Christmas spider.

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