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The Great Aussie Red Back Spider by MissyD

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2017 views 19/07/12

Feature No.258

Note to self and anyone else who leaves their mop bucket outside. Always check for Red Back spiders!
N.E. Victoria, Australia.
Nikon D40x, 105mm VR Micro Nikkor


  • TracyD
    TracyDalmost 5 years ago

    Nice find Missy!! But argghhhhhh!!!!

  • Thanks Tracy! Glad I found him before he found me!

    – MissyD

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethalmost 5 years ago

    Ewww…gorgeous colours on that icky the Lavendar background but Missy….ewwww

  • Thanks, thats my mop bucket. Have to check it every time :) My mum was bitten by one at my house from the watering can. Made her very sick for weeks! She want water anything at my house anymore.

    – MissyD

  • Stephen Ruane
    Stephen Ruanealmost 5 years ago

    Well captured Missy. I reckon their a real classic spider…nice sleek look, great colours…and bloody deadly, one very cool spider. ;-)

  • Hi Steve, thanks. Not bad for something so small!

    – MissyD

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...almost 5 years ago

    Great shot, oh my on the find!

  • Mmm, yeah :) We have to look under every thing!

    – MissyD

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savillealmost 5 years ago

    I had one of those living under my number plate of my car!!! Webs and all. We noticed him when I had to update my plates (my plates were 40 years old…lol). Maybe the spider was 40!!

  • :) Could be :) I cant stand the things. We have so many of them outside and we have White Tailed spiders inside!

    – MissyD

  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...almost 5 years ago

    Great shot of an Aussie icon – although your seems lighter than the ones we get. We don’t have many red-backs, but we do get a lot of white tail spiders in the house, especially at night. White tails prey on other spiders, mainly black house spiders, so having a lot of black house spiders may lead to numbers of white tail spiders.

  • Thanks Andrew! Mmmmm, so I need to get rid of the Daddy Long Legs then! I cant believe how big the White Tails get in my house! No good when I have 2 small children.

    – MissyD

  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...almost 5 years ago

    Here’s some good information on white-tailed spiders and yes, they do prey on daddy long legs, too. Despite us having a lot of them, we have either never been bitten or the bite was not noticed.

  • Thanks so much for the link Andrew, thats great!

    – MissyD

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsalmost 5 years ago

    Oh my – so that’s what they look like, says she as she was outside in the garden, sweeping away cobwebs and moving potplants and the likes, never once looking where my hands were going….

  • Dont worry, I forget too! I just know that you dont want to be bitten by one!

    – MissyD

  • aussiedi
    aussiedialmost 5 years ago

    Great capture.. This must be a male Redback Spider.. as the female is all black with a red marking on her back.


  • Thanks so much Di!

    – MissyD

  • Lozzie5243
    Lozzie5243almost 5 years ago

    Um – also check your shoes if you leave them outside – my daughter was bitten on her toe the day before her wedding – not good!! Incidentally, beaut pic.

  • Thanks for your comment! I try not to leave shoes outside for that reason. Wow, I bet she had a bad day with her shoes on. I hope she didnt get as sick as my mum. Having said that mum waited hours before she even told be that she had been bitten then another couple of hours before we took her to the hospital!

    – MissyD

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