Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Change from Birds

I am not arachnophobic! However, I don't go looking for spiders and I certainly don't admire them and take photos of them. But I guess there's a first time for everything and this little spider looked so pretty among the leaves and white flowers. I went on to the University of Southern Queensland guide for finding spiders and I think it might be Thomisus spectabilis - the Flower Spider. I found it in my sister's garden in Esk. The guide says its toxicity is "unknown" - but I don't think I would want to find out for myself! Any further information would be welcome.


  1. Hmmm! Doubt it while there are enough birds around to keep me interested!

  2. Unknown suggests they've never bitten anyone hard enough to be remembered.

  3. Hi Tony - Hopefully you're right!

  4. Hi Mick
    Spiders have one advantage - you can often get very close to them.
    Stunning close-up you managed there. Lovely photo.

    Mosura and I both recommend the Chew Family's website. "Brisbane Spiders and Insects"
    Also Nick Monaghan's "Unseen Life" has little text, but great photos. Another Brisbanite.

    Seems creepy-crawlies are big up there.


  5. Hi Denis, thanks for both of those sites. I had already looked at the one that Mosura listed and they are both very interesting. The photos on the 'Unseen Life' site are stunning. It's certainly a whole new world to explore!

  6. G'day Mick,
    Come on now, that's a beautiful little creature.
    I think Mosura might be right, as I see in your reply to Denis, "..a whole new world to explore".

  7. Hi Gouldiae - yes - I agree that one is beautiful - but - I think I shall still stay away from the big black hairy ones :-)

  8. Some of us can't help being hairy, Mick. :-)