Magnificent (bolas) spider, Ordgarius magnificus  by Normf

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Magnificent (bolas) spider, Ordgarius magnificus (previousley Dicrostichus magnificus) is a bolas spider in the family Araneidae. It is endemic to forests along the Australian east coast. They live in trees or tall shrubs, rarely less than 2m above the ground. The easiest way to find them is to search for clusters of large, brown egg-sacs suspended among foliage; the spider will be found nearby, at day sheltering in a retreat made from rolled leaves and silk.

Like all bolas spiders, the female attracts male moths with an airborne pheromone. Once a moth approaches, the spider senses it coming due to vibration sensitive hairs on its outstretched legs. It is then caught with a sticky globule that is flung at the prey.


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  • John Beamish
    John Beamishover 5 years ago

    One scary looking spider, great shot.

  • Actually this spider was quite docile and I found it easy to handle when releasing, But it was very unusual John

    – Normf

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 5 years ago

    Wow! Great shot, looks scary but I like colors spot on the body!

  • Hey Rainy apparently she mimics the colors of her prey (moths), thanks.

    – Normf

  • janewiebenga
    janewiebengaover 5 years ago

    I love this image. Keep in my I said ‘image’ & not spider. Not that there is a great deal to scare anyone as I believe they are quite small and not dangerous. I am amazed by its colours and the delicacy of what appears to be intricate oriental flowers on its heart-shaped body.

  • Thanks Jane, this spider, while not large was bigger than I would have thought for this type of spider. It’s medium sized spider (1.4 – 2.5 cm), the female Magnificent Spider is very distinctive in its markings. Apparently the male is tiny (1.5 mm). She apeeared quite robust but delicate at the same time if you know what I mean!

    – Normf

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 5 years ago
    Another good one, Norm.
  • Thanks Mick, The Arachnids have proved to be an intereresting subject when I’m unable to go birding!

    – Normf

  • Jen Millard
    Jen Millardover 5 years ago

    I just love this guy….great shot!!!

  • Yeah Jen I kinda like her too! Thanks

    – Normf

  • Jennifer Potter
    Jennifer Potterover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous fellow!! Great shot. – Dawn

  • Thanks Dawn I thought she was a “good sort” as well.

    – Normf

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    An absolutely amazing arachnid!!!! Awesome!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks lorilee I must admit I was a little excited when I spotted her!

    – Normf

  • Eva & Klaus WW
    Eva & Klaus WWover 5 years ago

    Fantastic! I never saw such a spider!!! Great work!!!

  • Thanks Eva and Klaus, I had never seen one like this before either. It took a bit of reseach to identify

    – Normf

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiover 5 years ago

    Brilliant capture Norm, also – the narrative is interesting and compliments the image beautifully. Well done.

  • Thanks Simon, the world of spiders seems to be endlesly fasinating (well for some people anyway).

    – Normf

  • merlin67
    merlin67over 5 years ago

    That is beautiful!! (Well – for a spider!)

  • Thank you merlin67, I thought she past the spider celebrity test well!

    – Normf

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