This very fat Orb Weaving spider was devouring it's prey in the middle of its web, which is typical behaviour according to the Australian Museum website (http://australianmuseum.net.au/Garden-Orb-Weaving-Spiders).
The garden has lots of spiders as always and you have to be wary where you walk because the love to build their webs across the paths which could mean a face full of spider webs. The St. Andrews Cross spider is one of the prettiest and builds a unique web with the little zig zag pattern in some sections.
#289 A very pretty, tiny spider hiding amongst the petals of a an iris. I think it is waiting for something to eat.
Some Garden pics from this week just after the Bunyip Garden Club walk through.
I'm beginning to think that the spiders in the garden change with the seasons. I am seeing rather elegant spiders with delicate patterns in the webs in the shrubs now. This spider is as pretty as the Australian native shrub (Common Fringe Myrtle, Calytrix teragona) in which it has built it's web.
Yet another Huntsman near the vegetable garden. This one is guarding her egg sac which could carry up to 200 babies. There shouldn't be too many flies around my house this summer!
This looks like the Badge Huntsman that crawled out of some hydrangeas that I had picked earlier this year. This one was nestled on some garden stakes near the vegetable patch so I wasn't able to see the shield on the underside of the abdomen but I think you'll agree they are very similar.
I didn't know these spiders existed before this photo project and now I seem to find them on a regular basis. This one is down near the vegetable garden.
The sunlight reflecting through the dew drops make the silken thread visible in the bare branches of the trees.
Is this Salvia flower stalk curved because the spider web is pulling it, or did the spider choose this flower stalk because it was nicely curved?
2011- 365 Challengers