Not exactly the greeting I was expecting when I realised the power had gone off this morning and stumbled out to the circuit breaker box to see what was up!

Still, I didn’t have the heart to kill her…just another mum protecting her bubs.

The Redback spider (Latrodectus hasseltii) is a dangerous spider endemic to Australia. It is a member of the genus Latrodectus, or widow family of spiders, which are found throughout the world. The female is easily recognisable by her black body with a prominent red stripe on the upper side (i.e. the back) of her abdomen. Females have a body length of about a centimetre while the male is smaller, being only 3 to 4 millimetres long. The Redback spider is one of few arachnids which display sexual cannibalism while mating.


redback spider

My name is Claire and I’m using a Nikon d3100. I’m interested in the small detail. The quirks. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Paul Hutchinson
    Paul Hutchinsonover 2 years ago

    Good capture Claire.
    I’ve seen one of these in captivity which is scary enough, I don’t think I’d like one in my house though. Very impressive nonetheless.

  • Thanks Paul! I might redo the selective colour, think I was a little clumsy there. She’s still out there in the circuit box… eek. By the way, I don’t mind non-poisonous spiders in the house, but redbacks and white tails are a definite no no.

    – claireh

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you very much Larry, as always friend!!

    – claireh

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 2 years ago

    Yikes that is a vicious looking stripe, and the orbs are her eggs? Eek! Did she move at all whilst you had the box open?

  • Yup, those orbs are her egg sacs – proud mum of two!! (she probably killed her husband) Yes, she did move around quite a bit when I opened it. Think she was just as shocked as me lol. I’ll leave her to her business… my dad suggested the next time I dare to open it, I should wear some heavy duty garden gloves!! By the way, I was bitten by a white tail when I was a kid…I wonder if the red back bite is as painful as that.

    – claireh

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    haha we have our resident circuit breaker redback as well, bless her :)
    Plus a million in the shed and some really scary looking plump black spiders, same shape, no stripe, that hang around all our outside windows. I killed about 15 last week when I was cleaning the windows arghhhhh.
    On a more humanitarian note we never kill the huntsmen that live inside. We’re actually quite fond of them. :)
    Lovely shot Claire :)

  • Aww yes, my family are fond of the resident “huntsies” as well! I don’t kill anything that can’t kill me lol. Thanks for stopping by Maree. Also it sounds like your back yard is a bit of a danger zone with all those spiders hanging around. I guess their stripe is the warning bell to all, “come too near, and ye shall pay the price!!” ;)

    – claireh

  • Di-Trying
    Di-Tryingover 2 years ago

    EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! But, VERY impressive all the same :O

  • Thanks Di!

    – claireh

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    Excellent detail in this amazing capture!!! Bill

  • Thanks very much for your kind comment billfox!! :)

    – claireh

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 2 years ago

    Excellent detail.

  • Thanks for your comment Lucinda! :)

    – claireh

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