Wesley and I have had a busy few days this week. We’ve travelled inland to see some friends and hang out in Coorow. We’ve been gardening and digging up some plants in the yard. One of us has learned that the pool is an amazing place on a hot sunny day (and is due to start swimming lessons tomorrow too!).
Yesterday we met with a fellow Canadian and her son for a nice walk and play in Greenhead. There is a really beautiful park there that is basically enclosed by bushes and Wesley and his little friend were able to run amok within a safe space. We were enjoying our coffees and the scenery. The weather has run a bit cooler this week and last night it poured down on the farm… which was a nice change as two nights prior we had quite a bit of lightning and at least one fire on the horizon. Its safe to say that I did not sleep very well that night.
Most days when Wesley is having a long nap I move around the yard and pull weeds and take a look at what’s moving about my feet. Sometimes I see little movements that catch my eye. With the jumping spider I actually didn’t take too much notice of him at first. I thought I should try and get a photo but then as I was taking the image I saw the tips of his back legs stretch out to almost wave at something. It was then that I realised I’d found something very special. At first I was so excited that it might be a new species, I called Mike and Tessa to tell them and send some images. I then scoured some resources online and found that it’s common and closely related to the#peacockspider maratus species.
You know what, it’s still a huge find. This little spider called#lycidaschrysomelas was so incredibly small I strained my eyes to keep track of it. I’ve included a photo (it’s not the best quality) to show the size next to my index finger. Note my hands are smallish.
He’s absolutely beautiful along with all the others. I’ve been throughly impressed by nature this week, and can’t wait to see what else is out there. Till next time… here is a list of what’s pictured above.
- maratus jumping spider male and female (she’s pale and creamy). I was able to begin to identify them with this site. It is the second new species possibly genus of spider that I’ve discovered on the property in the past week. A variant of this new species will be featured in another post.
- Solid Black Christmas Spider (the first we’ve seen that looks like this, normally they are white and black with orange
- THARPYNA (CRAB SPIDER)
- Leaf Beetle #paropsisternadecolorata
- Oxyopidae – Lynx Spider
- A little flower segue – these are white verticorida commonly named lambs ear or wild cauliflower #verticordiaeriocephala
- An unidentified jumping spider – may be another female but it’s not clear at this stage.
- The bush caught between a cropped paddock on our way home from Coorow
- A slender skink found just in our car port called a #westcoastctnenotus