It’s the time of year when Garden Orb Weavers have got their webs strung from every suitable anchor, trees, shrubs, buildings, the rotary clothes hoist etc. etc. A torch is essential for a night time ramble, to watch them building their wonderful constructions and to avoid blundering through them. They generally consume the webs in the morning and hide in their daytime retreat, which may be a secluded spot, or in this case a shelter made by silking two leaves together. The spider is in typical daytime pose in the second image.
And going to the other extreme, while reading a book outside I felt something on my arm, it was a tiny jumping spider, and its photo was duly taken after transferring it to the brick wall. It is close to Holoplatys planissima.
Working in the greenhouse I noticed a colourful tiny spider on a potted Correa reflexa, the resulting photos showed it to be a lynx spider, Oxyopes species, probably either amoenus or molarius. My thanks as usual to Robert Whyte for identifications.
And returning to where this post started, I happened to go outside the other morning and saw an orb weaver on a thread between a callistemon and a cumquat three metres apart. While I watched, it gathered up all the previous night’s web, plus a catch, and moved along the thread into its daytime retreat in the cumquat.
Fascinating to watch.
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