Western Australian Spiders

Here is an assortment of spiders that I’ve managed to photograph of the past couple of years from Perth, to Coorow and Warradarge.  They come in all shapes and colours…  Stay tuned I’ve got some exciting news about spiders to share with you in my next post.

Robert Whyte, author of the field guide “Spiders of Australia” has kindly helped me identify these beautiful spiders.  From top to bottom:

  • Lycosidae A Wolf Spider
  • Sandalodes scopifer
  • Thomisidae Tmarus sp.
  • Araneidae Araneinae Araneus arenaceus relative
  • Thomisidae Zygometis xanthogaster
  • Thomisidae Stephanopis ornata or close relative
  • Salticidae Apricia jovialis female

The comprehensive field guide he wrote has been incredibly useful, and comes with very clear images of each spider and categorises them in a straightforward and practical manner.  I imagine even people with spider phobias would enjoy the maratus jumping spider section!  If you’re looking for a copy take a peek at it here.

Found these in the leaves today…

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Monday: We sailed into the sunset.

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The wind was nearly 30 knots and made for a rough ride, but it also made for some exciting lurches!  Mike’s never been sailing before, so this was a first for him.  We both loved it.

It was such a nice evening…the sunset was stunning.  There were some other lovely couples on board as well whom we got to know a bit during our time on the ocean.

There is something about being on the water and seeing nothing for miles and miles…it is humbling.

The ocean is magnificent…

Aphids and Ants, working together…

Lately, I’ve been watching loads of David Attenborough programs with Mike.  The most recent being a series on “the undergrowth” which featured stunning videography of insects.  If I had not watched the programs, I’d never have noticed this…

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Pulling the camera back a bit reveals this is a flower bud completely consumed by aphids and ants.Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 5.44.19 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 5.44.10 PMWhats interesting; is the ants are protecting the aphids…and drinking the nectar the little rose eaters are pooping.

It’s inter-species collaboration… right in our very own back yard!

floating blobs of pink.

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I take that previous statement back!!!

From top to bottom:  Spotted Jellyfish, Grey Kangaroo, Australian Raven, Darter, Straw-necked Ibis (Juvenile).

I took my camera to Heirisson Island this morning just before it started to rain.  I was hoping to catch the kangaroo in the soft glow of sunrise, and found myself photographing all sorts of creatures.  I crouched in the water and rain for an hour with majorly aching hips to get a decent photo of some pink jellyfish, and learned a few lessons about lighting underwater (utilising only the sun here).  I did wonder if having dozens of little floaters touching me was safe… luckily if any got too near I wafted them away with the end of my camera.

Well, I’m pretty cold now from being out in the rain all morning, so I’m putting on David Attenborough’s “Life in the Undergrowth” and cuddling up with a blanket, while simultaneously mowing down some soup.

Sunday Sounds:

Riptide – Vance Joy

Garden City Movement – Terracotta

ZHU – Faded

Noosa – Clocktower

Flume – On Top Feat. T. Shirt