Male. 3-4 mm TBL
These spiders were found under pine wooden disks placed in the reserve for the purpose of monitoring invertebrates. We have noted spiders up to 25mm length. The tunnel webs suggest they are Hexathele? If so, these are very uncommon in the South Island, being found only on Bank Peninsula and Hoods Bush near Glentunnel. Note: this work was done under DOC permit.
P. viridans with prey on a white prickley poppy blossom in the back yard.
Guarding egg sac on cultivated Camellia sasanqua cv.
Same spider as previous two observations with additional egg sacs that were produced during the intervening 20 days.
Egg case belonging to spider shown in previous observation but egg case was not present when the spider was photographed two days earlier.
On cultivated Astelia nervosa.
Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exception of air and sea colonization. As of 2008, at least 43,678 spider species, and 109 families have been...