Nursery Spider (14)
|The Nursery or Nurseryweb spider, Dolomedes minor, is a native of New Zealand, but is certainly not endemic. I believe they are probably found in most countries,at least in temperate or tropical regions.|
They can grow to a relatively large size,around 7 or 8cm in length,and are known by gauze like nests which envelop the outer twigs of branches.
The spider is usually brownish with pinkish grey and black streaks on the cephalothorax (combined head and thorax).The legs are relatively long making the nurseryweb spider a very fast runner....but not as fast as my wife when she spots one.
When I found this one,it ran up onto this Banksia cone,and I thought 'Now there's a shot' Unfortunately,the sun was very bright,and,as you can see,parts of the cone are very overexposed,even though I've darkened the image as much as I can.
I still think its pretty cool though.
Hope you do too.