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Tales from the woodpile #6

May 26, 2015

Over the years our woodpile has proved to be a treasure-trove of invertebrates, which have been highlighted on this blog, and this year is no exception. Now I KNOW the first rule of blogging on this website is NO SPIDERS. But I am reminded of two proverbs: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission – (see the last sentence).

While collecting wood from the woodpile yesterday I came across this creature which I think is absolutely beautiful – apologies to all the arachnophobes. It is a species of Huntsman spider known as a Badge Spider (Neoparassus diana). It is nocturnal, hunts other spiders among other things, and builds a silken home in leaves or under bark.
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The name is derived from a striking black, cream and brown ‘badge’ marking on the underside of the abdomen. I glimpsed the badge and tried to photograph it but the spider was not inclined to display it a second time and I was not inclined to push the point.

If you (can) look closely, you’ll see this animal is an optometrist’s dream, as it has several pairs of eyes. Some are used for detecting motion and others are thought to detect light intensity and so are used for maintaining balance (and I suppose knowing when it’s bed-time).

For those who don’t find this beautiful … forgive me.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo Wood permalink
    May 26, 2015 1:45 pm

    Great photo and such a beautiful spider.

  2. Di Foletta permalink
    May 26, 2015 4:36 pm

    Fabulous photo

  3. May 26, 2015 6:26 pm

    What a magnificent spider – and superb photo!

    …wake

  4. June 19, 2015 4:45 pm

    Gorgeous! I must go and check my wood pile for treasures…

  5. Sue Butler permalink
    June 22, 2015 8:23 am

    Oh this Hunty is GORGEOUS !!!!!
    A truly wonderful colour indeed !!!!!
    I love ALL critters, and I DO love spiders !!! So no apologies required for me !!!
    💙🌀

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