Spiders and Scorpions

Rain Spider - Palystes superciliosus

03/05/14

Close-up of a Rain Spider – Palystes superciliosus

What makes people so scared of spiders? Is it their appearance? Is it a fear of being bitten? Or is it just that someone said that spiders are bad and that you should not get near them. Well here is a... (Read more)

flattie spider on rock

04/01/14

Flatties – Family Selenopidae

Here are a few shots of the Wall Crab Spider, often known as the Flattie spider. Flatties comes from the Family Selenopidae. The wall crab spiders  are members of a group of families collectively called crab spiders because of their laterigrade (sideways-moving) legs. This family consists... (Read more)

Harvestman

14/06/13

An Eastern Cape Harvestman

We recently went on an outing with The Spider Club of Southern Africa to a place outside Port Alfred called Riet River. Part of the outing was to go to a place nearby called Pig Island. I am not too sure... (Read more)

Thyenula juvenca male

14/02/13

Awesome Green Jumping Spider

Here is a beautiful green jumping spider. I believe it to be of the family Salticidae and of the Genus Thyenula. The species is probably juvenca. This male was found in my back yard in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and was... (Read more)

Bark Spider - Caerostris sexcuspidata

20/11/12

Bark Spider – Caerostris sexcuspidata

I am not going to say too much about this spider as I have given a pretty good explanation of it on a post a few weeks ago. You can find the information here. I was trying out a flash... (Read more)

Jumping spider macro

20/08/12

Jumping Spider Macro

This jumping spider macro is a really close up shot of a spider from the Salticidae family. This family resides in the spider order Araneae. and belong to the class Arachnida. The shot was taken with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens with a Raynox DCR250... (Read more)

Bark Spider

15/07/12

South African Bark Spider

Bark Spiders are orb-web spiders. They construct webs up to 1.5 meters in size stretching from tree to tree. They are very well camouflaged spiders mimicking the colour and shapes of bark brilliantly. Bark Spiders are nocturnal. This shot was... (Read more)

22/01/12

Portia Jumping Spider

Portia Spiders are from the family Salticidae which contains the jumping spiders. Portia is a genus of jumping spider which feeds on other spiders (araneophagic). They are remarkable for their hunting behaviour it seems they are capable of learning and... (Read more)

White Crab Spider

20/11/11

White Crab Spider on a Pink Flower

Crab Spiders are from the family Thomisidae which consists of six sub families; Thomisinae, Bominae, Stiphropodinae, Stephanopinae, Strophiinae and Dietinae. Crab Spiders will live in and up trees, under bark, on or under rocks and stones, on flowers and leaves... (Read more)

Mygalomorph Spider

15/10/11

Mygalomorph Spider

Mygalomorph spiders are from a group including more than 2,600 described species, classified into over 300 genera and 15 families. Mygalomorphs include tarantulas (also called baboon spiders) and trapdoor spiders, but many other distinctive taxonomic groups exist. Most Mygalomorphs are... (Read more)

Scorpion

19/09/11

South African Scorpion

Scorpions are predatory arthropod animals of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over... (Read more)

Green Jumping Spider

04/09/11

Curious Green Jumping Spider

This curious jumping spider is from the family Salticidae in the spider order Araneae. Both spiders and scorpions belong to the class Arachnida. There are more than 4000 species of these spiders. The jumping spiders big eyes are so sharp,... (Read more)

Lynx Spider

09/08/11

Golden Lynx Spider

From the family Oxyopidae, the Golden Lynx spiders may be immediately recognised by their spines standing out at right angles to their legs. They live on bushes and plants, low vegetation, on or under the grass, or on flowers and... (Read more)

Cute Jumping Spider

31/05/11

Cute Jumping Spider

This cute jumping spider is from the family Salticidae in the spider order Araneae. Both spiders and scorpions belong to the class Arachnida. There are over 4000 species of these spiders. The jumping spiders big eyes are so sharp, they... (Read more)

Hairy Field Spider

14/05/11

Hairy Field Spider

Hairy Field Spiders – genera: Araneus and Neoscona, are part of the family of spiders known as Araneinae. The hairy field spiders spends most of their time sitting on their webs waiting for an unsuspecting bug to be trapped. They... (Read more)

Golden Orb Spider

08/05/11

Golden Orb Web Spider

The Golden Orb-web Spider – Nephila fenestrata is a large colourful orb web spider with an elongated, cylindrical abdomen. Its markings are contrasting colours of black, white and yellow. They have very long black legs that make the spider look... (Read more)

Miniature Jumping Spider

11/04/11

Miniature Jumping Spider

This miniature jumping spider is from the family Salticidae in the spider order Araneae. Both spiders and scorpions belong to the class Arachnida. There are over 4000 species of these spiders. The jumping spiders big eyes are so sharp, they... (Read more)

Wall Crab Spider

11/03/11

Wall Crab Spider

Wall Crab Spiders, from the family Selenopidae, are common in houses, especially in the eastern regions of South Africa. These are pretty common house spiders and are also known as Flatties. They have flat bodies and legs that are spread... (Read more)

Kite Spider

05/03/11

Kite Spider

This Kite Spider – Gasteracantha falcicornis’ photo was taken in the bushes around the Fish River Resort outside Port Alfred. It is one of the more commonly found kite spiders. Their abdomens are shiny, very colourful and hard and have... (Read more)

Button Spider

14/02/11

Button Spider

Button Spiders or Latrodectus Geometricus are some of the most dangerous spiders of Southern Africa. They have neurotoxic venom which affects the heart as well as the respiratory system. It is a very painful bite and one will usually see... (Read more)

Rain Spider

02/02/11

Rain Spider

The Rain Spider – Palystes superciliosus (Palystes castaneus occurs from Cape Town to the Langeberg), are the large spiders, often referred to as “tarantulas“, that cause havoc by entering buildings during summer or before rain. They were previously listed as dangerous, but for humans,... (Read more)

Brown Spider

29/12/10

Brown Spider

This brown spider was found this spider under some braai (barbeque) wood. It ran as soon as it saw me, but luckily I was able to snap its picture. Anyone know what type it is?

White Crab Spider

23/11/10

White Crab Spider

From the family Thomisidae, these small spiders live on flowers,under stones, on rocks or in any bushes, just waiting to ambush its next meal. Thanks to Zane for this stunning picture.

Golden Lynx Spider

21/11/10

Golden Lynx Spider

Lynx Spider are normally recognized by their numerous spines standing out on their legs. They live mainly on bushes or plants and are completely harmless to humans.

Silver Marsh Spider

31/10/10

Silver Marsh Spider (Leucauge)

I found this small arachnid inhabiting an old flower pot. Also very placid and looked like it couldn’t care less that I was trying to photograph it. Its about an inch in size including its legs.

Scorpion Spider

28/10/10

Scorpion Spider (Platyoides)

Scorpion spiders or Platyoides are found in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Madagascar, Reunion, Aldabra and Canary Islands and all parts of Africa. They are nocturnal and are able to flatten their bodies so as to live in small narrow cracks.... (Read more)

Green Jumper

21/10/10

Green Jumper

Yet another great spider to photograph. I Love these little jumpers.

Salticidae

10/10/10

Salticidae

Another jumping spider. I love these critters, they always look up at you when you take their picture. They give you that ‘Are you going to feed me look.

Nursery Web Spider

11/09/10

Nursery Web Spider

Nursery web spiders are spiders of the family Pisauridae. They resemble wolf spiders (family Lycosidae), but they carry their egg sacs by means of their jaws and pedipalps (instead of attaching them to their spinnerets). When the eggs are about... (Read more)

Jumping Spider

28/08/10

Jumping Spider

Yet another Jumper from the family Salticidae.

Miniature Spider

07/08/10

Miniature Spider

This one was found clinging to my daughters foot, while we were walking through the bushes of Schoenmarkers Kop.

Golden Orb Web Spider

01/04/10

Golden Orb Web Spider

Golden Orb Web Spider in her nest.

Jumping Spider

03/07/10

Jumping Spider

Another Jumping spider.

Portia Spider

17/05/10

Miniature Jumping Spider

While wondering outside minding my own business, a small movement caught my eye. This was the smallest jumping spider I had ever seen, less than 5mm in size. In order to get a shot of this little critter, utmost patience... (Read more)

Green Jumping Spider

05/06/10

Green Jumping Spider

We bought our daughters some Canon cameras that were on special and they have been snapping everything that moves or doesn’t. They insisted that I put their best pictures on my blog and I could do nothing but agree. Hope... (Read more)

Assegaaibosch Orb Web Spider

12/06/10

Assegaaibosch Orb Web Spider

This spider was sitting in its web at the side of a path in the forest next to the Assegaaibosch Country Lodge. This is probably a Hairy Field Spider.

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