Daddy Long Legs Spiders
Daddy long-legs take the Wrap
Many of our backyard buddies find their way inside our homes and take up temporary residence, and one of the most successful and ever-present is the Daddy-long-legs spider.
Almost every house or shed in Australia has been home to the messy, tangled web of the Daddy-long-legs,especially as the season begins to cool towards winter and the spiders seek warmth indoors.
Huntsman spiders have an unfortunate reputation. One is their name. The other is a tendency to take up residency in your home or your car and scare the bejesus out of you.
But behind that shaggy body is a critter harmless to us humans, but also quite useful in controlling mossies and roaches.
St Andrews Cross Spiders
A Very Special Spider
Before you get worried about spiders in the garden, it might just pay to take a closer look (from a safe distance of course). If it's a St Andrew's Cross Spider hanging around, you're in luck!
What's Lurking Under the Trapdoor?
A common resident of the garden, trapdoor spiders are often encountered whilst moving rocks or digging soil.
At night, a scan of the torch across the lawn may pick up two rows of tiny shining eyes staring up from inside a hole. These burrows can be as long as 40 cm and lined with soft silky web.
Who's Afraid of the Eight-Legged-Wolf?
There is nothing to fear from this little troublemaker despite its name. There will soon be a very funny sight to be seen as Super Mum wolf spider will be staggering around under the weight of hundreds of babies on her back.
These little troublemakers get their name from their hunting preference of stalking down their prey much like a wolf does, making them the top predators in your lawn. They will go after crickets, flies, ants and even other spiders. Here is a good video of this lawn predator in action.