Webnesday (46)

Does it have to be a Wednesday to present a new post with a Webnesday theme? Of course not! But, for the record, my encounter with the subject of this one did happen yesterday—which was a Thursday, but early enough in the day that it was still Wednesday for most of the folks who follow my blog. I hope that takes care of any dichotomy that may have been incubating in anyone’s mind. This is a two-spined spider, Poecilopachys australasia, and she’s the second of her species that I have encountered in New Zealand. The first was resting in the leaves of a feijoa tree in Wanganui, a drive of several hours south of here, in April 2014; you may remember the post (here) that I published for that occasion. This new one, I’m happy to say, was much more active, and provided me with a much better opportunity to observe and study her in motion. I found her in Squiddy’s garage as I went in to borrow her lawnmower. She was resting on its handle and dropped slowly down on a silk thread when I moved it. I carefully eased her onto a handy fallen leaf so that I could transport her to safety. We had a bouquet of gerbera daisies handy, and I placed her leaf on one of them; she soon stepped over and began to explore the flower, which kept her occupied for the better part of an hour. Then I gave her the chance to move to one of the mint plants in our garden, and she quite willingly switched over to the new perch. She seemed to be quite content there, because I found her still there in the late afternoon. I know that she’s a female because the male is smaller and lacks the characteristic spines. These beautiful spiders migrated to New Zealand from Australia, the first reports of their appearance here having been noted around 1970. They have fared well here, and can now are occasionally found throughout the northern part of the North Island. Isn’t she lovely?!


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20 Responses to Webnesday (46)

  1. Vicki says:

    That first image is superb. Good light too.

    Those 2 spines are certainly interesting. I’ve never seen one in Australia, but then I’m not tuned in to seeing something so small. Flowers or birds are more obvious to my eyes.

  2. Great shots! :)
    We have spiders that look a bit like this… in Illinois.

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    I have never seen such colourful spiders before. At first sight they looked like some beautiful insects which had made their home inside the flowers. Well, you learn something new every day.

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    No, Webnesdays do not have to be on Wednesdays, my friend, even if you are a day ahead of us or behind us or wherever you are >>> free yourself from these self-imposed shackles (unless you enjoy them of course :) ) And beautiful pictures of a really ornate creature, wonderful photography. A :)

  5. Meanderer says:

    What a fascinating little creature. I would probably never have been aware of one if you hadn’t brought our attention to it!

    • krikitarts says:

      And I might never have been aware of her if she hadn’t chosen to abseil from the lawnmower handle as I prepared to move it to our garden. I’m sure she’s now much happier among the mint plants than she was in the garage!

  6. bluebrightly says:

    Fascinating information, and impressive images! What an amazing little being that one is! :-)

  7. shoreacres says:

    She is lovely, indeed: as bright and vibrant as the peacock spiders. The spines reminded me immediately of our spiny orb weavers. I’ve found the bright orange and the black and white, but they come in other colors, and have several spines resembling these arrayed around their perimeter.

    • krikitarts says:

      Yes, the morphology that has developed in the various varieties through the years is truly amazing. I’ve read that these are also referred to as “Madonna spiders,” in reference to some outfit that the renowned singer wore in the 70s, but I’ve been unable to find a photo online that backs up that reference. Whatever–“two-spined” works well for me!

  8. Lemony says:

    She’s beautiful!

  9. In the first photograph, the lower part of the spider’s body looks ant-like.

  10. By the way, regardless what day of the week it was, you could name a series of finds of this kind The Spied Spider of Happenstance.

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