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Net-casting Spider - Deinopis ravidus  by Normf

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Net-casting Spiders also are known as Stick Spiders, Web-throwing Spiders and Ogre-face Spiders. They are large and slow moving spiders. The spiders have long body, up to 30mm, and stick like legs. Their slender bodies are light brown or grey in colour. As most other spiders, they have eight eyes, two of which are enormously enlarged and face forwards, looking like two searchlights. These large eyes provide outstanding low-light night vision. Scientists found that Net-casting Spiders can see in dark better than cats and owls.


  • chloemay
    chloemayalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic detail with this pic Normf….

    Those eyes look right throu you !

  • Tarr chloemay. I really wanted to capture those front two eyes.

    – Normf

  • Tiamaria
    Tiamariaalmost 6 years ago

    Ouch…he looks like he could really do some damage…a brilliant shot Norm. :-)

  • Thanks Tiamaria, While not a fast moving spider she (as Trevor has subtlety pointed out) did NOT want to pose and was not wanting to sit still for me!!

    – Normf

  • Jen Millard
    Jen Millardalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful detail…wow!

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopialmost 6 years ago

    Great capture mate, and that focus is incredibly sharp. Well done.

  • Thanks Simon, on the full size shot you can actually see palm trees, a pergola and a photographer with a 100 mm Macro lens in those two big eyes. I assume he was watching me very closely. Lucky they are “slow moving” spiders (who by the way did NOT want to pose for me!)

    – Normf

  • merlin67
    merlin67almost 6 years ago

    I’m sorry – I have to say it…………………YUK!! (The picture is good though)

  • Yes but look into those eyes!!! Thanks merlin67

    – Normf

  • Trevor Needham
    Trevor Needhamalmost 6 years ago

    Aha! The female of the species! Great shot.

  • Yes very good Trevor you’re right SHE dosn’t have the enlaged Palps of the Male spider. I didn’t think about that, well done.

    Note: Palps are Short, leg-like structures attached to the front of the cephalothorax between the fangs and the first pair of conventional legs. In females and in immature males they resemble small legs, although they have one less segment. In mature (or sometimes nearly mature) males the terminal segments are modified into a bulb and needle that are used for mating.

    – Normf

  • Trevor Needham
    Trevor Needhamalmost 6 years ago

    You can also tell the sex by the shape of the body – in the female it is shorter and fatter, the male long and thin.

  • Yes your right again, even though these are “longish” spiders this one was much thicker that those I’ve usually spotted. Thanks again Trevor!

    – Normf

  • Andrew Trevor-Jones
    Andrew Trevor-...almost 6 years ago

    Fantastic view of this Deinopis.

  • Thanks You Andrew appreciated. Interesting spiders these hey?

    – Normf

  • Lilbits
    Lilbitsover 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much. These spiders are aften call Goblin spiders as they have 8 eyes but two very prominant forwaed facung eyes (shown here).

    – Normf

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    wow! amazing shot!

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