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PostSubject: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:50 pm

Searched for ages tonight to find a name for this spider its body is 10mm long.
It looks like this one the Biting Jumping Spider - Opisthoncus mordax
Playing on the Mango Flowers.











This Wasp was on the Mango tree leaves.

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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:15 pm

Brilliant photos, MA. Can't say I'd be fond of a spider that bites and jumps though!
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:28 pm

MA a very handsome jumping spider I love you We get them here but I don't remember one so dark , its a beauty.

I had a tree snake in the bedroom today , went down for my siesta only to find the 2 dogs had this lovely tree snake bailed up against the wall , at least they were not trying to catch it , Faye took the screen from the low window and gently guided it outside . it was last seen heading across the grass towards ther forest.
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:22 pm

Thanks Val .. No me either it may not even be that one as its a lot darker than the pics on the Brisbane Insect website.

Another snake in the bedroom Gwen, oh well I guess its a way of life to you up here.. I dont mind snakes at all in the backyard, the bedroom is a different thing though Very Happy

Nicki over the road came over yesterday afternoon to get Tony to kill this huge snake so she said that was around the side of the house, seems the three dogs had bailed it up. No way said Tony its illegal to kill snakes so he put his boots on and went over to make sure nothing happened to the dogs I grabbed the camera and went over too when she said it was a grey colour like the concrete and very thick and big and curled up of course it was gone by time we got there...
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:56 am

Looks like one of those spiders one this site.. have to scroll down towards the bottom
http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/salticidae/Salticidae.html
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:03 am

Thanks Gail you are right, Yes it is the Opisthoncus mordax I have never seen this one before, most likely jumped away as soon as I got near it probably just as well too..

Must say that an interesting site, the colours of the spiders are amazing I will try and keep my eyes open a big wider in future when I am out in the garden..
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:26 am

We get a lot of spiders here but I never really take much notice of them but when I was going for a walk around the garden earlier I noticed one of these spiders on a gerbera leaf (one of the gerberas you gave me). It looks the same I think


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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:37 pm

Plenty here too Gail, too many winky-winky

Yes that certainly looks like the same one.

They are only tiny, the reason I spotted this one was becasue it was moving across the web from the Mango tree to the Banana and was right in my face gasp

Maybe it likes fruit whistle
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:29 pm

The main reason I noticed this one was because of its size - it was about 1cm long and being black stood out clearly on the leaf. I did get a couple of other photos from the front but they ended up getting blurred as the spider tried to jump at the camera and I jumped back. gasp
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:22 pm

Gail What a fantastic spider site , I have a love of all Spiders and the Peacock Spider I would love to have living in my garden. I love you I love you
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:03 am

I didn't notice that one Gwen... it is a pretty one. I never knew spiders did that sort of thing, looks weird like its abdomen is on a hinge lol!
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:50 am

I had another good look seeing I have time now and that link on that Peacock Spider is so interesting.

I never knew spiders did that either.. gasp
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PostSubject: Re: I Think Its The Biting Jumping Spider   Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:36 am

I never did either , its good to learn new things. banana
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