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I was doing a bit of work in the garden this afternoon and moved a couple of old empty plant pots.  Inside I found this red back spider. Not quite up to Alan's standards shooting hand held stacks, but Red Backs are an Australian icon.  The first image was from my phone, so has that over-sharpened look.

 

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Redback_1 (iPhone)

 

It was quite active inspecting it's web after I first disturbed it, but when I returned later with a proper camera, it was settled and didn't want to move much at all, so I was a bit constrained in the angles I could get.

 

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Redback_2  (Nikon D7000, Tamron SP90)

 

Looking closely, the spider seems to be a leg short!

 

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Australian relative of the American Black Widow spider. Of course, being an Australian resident, it's more deadly. ;) Has a rather cruel habit of frequenting outhouse toilet seats, early outback settlers rapidly learnt to run a lit candle around the underside of the toilet seat at night  before planting their rear onto it. Redback bites can occasionally be fatal if anti-venom isn't administered.

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The pain from a red back bite can be incredibly painful.  Fortunately they are not an aggressive spider.  Most Melbourne suburbs have them.

 

Their Kiwi cousin is called the Katipo.  One of NZ's few venomous creatures.

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