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Austracantha minax

Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider at Stromlo, ACT

Austracantha minax at Stromlo, ACT - 2 Feb 2022
Austracantha minax at Stromlo, ACT - 2 Feb 2022
Austracantha minax at Stromlo, ACT - 2 Feb 2022
Austracantha minax at Stromlo, ACT - 2 Feb 2022
Austracantha minax at Stromlo, ACT - 2 Feb 2022
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Identification history

Austracantha minax 2 Feb 2022 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 2 Feb 2022 trevorpreston

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Black Spider about 12mm, similar to the jewelled spiders that are around but seem slightly larger, and fatter. Webs are built in the same manner as the jewel/Christmas spiders. I saw 2 of these black ones about 10m apart.

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Cryptandra amara (Bitter Cryptandra) at Stromlo, ACT - 22 May 2022 by MatthewFrawley Mallada traviatus (Goldeneye Lacewing) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley Taractrocera papyria (White-banded Grass-dart) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley zz bolete at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Mar 2022 by Kurt Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley Ischnura aurora (Aurora Bluetail) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley Palaeosia bicosta (Two-ribbed Footman) at Stromlo, ACT - 26 Feb 2022 by tpreston Teloschistes sp. (A lichen) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley Backobourkia sp. (genus) (An orb weaver) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley Phonognatha graeffei (Leaf Curling Spider) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley Leucochrysum albicans subsp. tricolor (Hoary Sunray) at Stromlo, ACT - 19 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley Stypandra glauca (Nodding Blue Lily) at Stromlo, ACT - 19 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley Notonectidae (family) (Backswimmer) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Feb 2022 by tpreston Pisauridae sp. (family) (Water spider) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Feb 2022 by tpreston Limnodynastes tasmaniensis (Spotted Grass Frog) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Feb 2022 by tpreston Nola paromoea (Divided Tuft-moth) at Stromlo, ACT - 2 Feb 2022 by tpreston Stypandra glauca (Nodding Blue Lily) at Stromlo, ACT - 31 Jan 2022 by tpreston Camponotus sp. (genus) (A sugar ant) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Jul 2021 by Christine Camponotus aeneopilosus (A Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Jul 2021 by Christine Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider) at Stromlo, ACT - 29 Mar 2021 by Kurt Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Stromlo, ACT - 29 Mar 2021 by Kurt Thrips excaeletus (A thrip) at Stromlo, ACT - 19 Nov 2020 by Alice Petrorhagia nanteuilii (Proliferous Pink, Childling Pink) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine Scolopendra laeta (Giant Centipede) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine Cormocephalus aurantiipes (Orange-legged Centipede) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine Philobota undescribed species near arabella (A concealer moth) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine Eucalyptus macrorhyncha (Red Stringybark) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 May 2020 by MatthewFrawley Amata (genus) (Handmaiden Moth) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Mar 2020 by Lisa.Jok Morethia boulengeri (Boulenger's Skink) at Stromlo, ACT - 24 Nov 2019 by Christine Coccinellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified lady beetle) at Stromlo, ACT - 24 Nov 2019 by Christine Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Stromlo, ACT - 16 Oct 2018 by KumikoCallaway Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Stromlo, ACT - 16 Oct 2018 by ArcherCallaway Accipiter cirrocephalus (Collared Sparrowhawk) at Stromlo, ACT - 23 Jul 2018 by Christine Hylacola pyrrhopygia (Chestnut-rumped Heathwren) at Stromlo, ACT - 28 Oct 2017 by rawshorty Hylacola pyrrhopygia (Chestnut-rumped Heathwren) at Stromlo, ACT - 21 Oct 2017 by rawshorty Austroscolia soror (Blue Flower Wasp) at Stromlo, ACT - 21 Oct 2017 by Christine
Cryptandra amara (Bitter Cryptandra) at Stromlo, ACT - 22 May 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Mallada traviatus (Goldeneye Lacewing) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Taractrocera papyria (White-banded Grass-dart) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley
zz bolete at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Mar 2022 by Kurt
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Ischnura aurora (Aurora Bluetail) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Palaeosia bicosta (Two-ribbed Footman) at Stromlo, ACT - 26 Feb 2022 by tpreston
Teloschistes sp. (A lichen) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Backobourkia sp. (genus) (An orb weaver) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Phonognatha graeffei (Leaf Curling Spider) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Leucochrysum albicans subsp. tricolor (Hoary Sunray) at Stromlo, ACT - 19 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Stypandra glauca (Nodding Blue Lily) at Stromlo, ACT - 19 Feb 2022 by MatthewFrawley
Notonectidae (family) (Backswimmer) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Feb 2022 by tpreston
Pisauridae sp. (family) (Water spider) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Feb 2022 by tpreston
Limnodynastes tasmaniensis (Spotted Grass Frog) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Feb 2022 by tpreston
Nola paromoea (Divided Tuft-moth) at Stromlo, ACT - 2 Feb 2022 by tpreston
Stypandra glauca (Nodding Blue Lily) at Stromlo, ACT - 31 Jan 2022 by tpreston
Camponotus sp. (genus) (A sugar ant) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Jul 2021 by Christine
Camponotus aeneopilosus (A Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Jul 2021 by Christine
Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider) at Stromlo, ACT - 29 Mar 2021 by Kurt
Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Stromlo, ACT - 29 Mar 2021 by Kurt
Thrips excaeletus (A thrip) at Stromlo, ACT - 19 Nov 2020 by Alice
Petrorhagia nanteuilii (Proliferous Pink, Childling Pink) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine
Scolopendra laeta (Giant Centipede) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine
Cormocephalus aurantiipes (Orange-legged Centipede) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine
Philobota undescribed species near arabella (A concealer moth) at Stromlo, ACT - 27 Sep 2020 by Christine
Eucalyptus macrorhyncha (Red Stringybark) at Stromlo, ACT - 25 May 2020 by MatthewFrawley
Amata (genus) (Handmaiden Moth) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Mar 2020 by Lisa.Jok
Morethia boulengeri (Boulenger's Skink) at Stromlo, ACT - 24 Nov 2019 by Christine
Coccinellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified lady beetle) at Stromlo, ACT - 24 Nov 2019 by Christine
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Stromlo, ACT - 16 Oct 2018 by KumikoCallaway
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Stromlo, ACT - 16 Oct 2018 by ArcherCallaway
Accipiter cirrocephalus (Collared Sparrowhawk) at Stromlo, ACT - 23 Jul 2018 by Christine
Hylacola pyrrhopygia (Chestnut-rumped Heathwren) at Stromlo, ACT - 28 Oct 2017 by rawshorty
Hylacola pyrrhopygia (Chestnut-rumped Heathwren) at Stromlo, ACT - 21 Oct 2017 by rawshorty
Austroscolia soror (Blue Flower Wasp) at Stromlo, ACT - 21 Oct 2017 by Christine

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 2 Abundance
  • 2 Feb 2022 04:09 PM Recorded on
  • trevorpreston Recorded by

Additional information

  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size

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