Deinopis subrufaCommon name: Common Net-casting Spider
Distribution: Mostly reported from the east coast of Australia.
Description: This spider has a body length of approximately 25 millimetres.
Notes: Deinopis sp are net-casting spiders. The net which Deinopis makes is specially constructed so that it can be stretched. The spider hangs face-down over some place that some insects might walk, and it holds the net ready with its front legs. It then patiently waits for a critter to walk underneath it.
Once something wanders within range the whole net-cast-catch thing is over in less than a second. It lunges over the critter and wraps the sticky net over it. The prey is quickly overwhelmed.
We have seen this spider in January, June and December.
References: Atlas of Living Australia https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:356a6f26-e908-4dcb-95ba-4ecfd5739aea
Identification courtesy of David Knowles.
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