5 thoughts on “Sunday Night Movie: The Redback Spider”

  1. We have a couple around the place Alex. Generally they like cool spot.

    You know the famous Australian saying ” there’s a red back under the dummy seat ” A dummy is old Australian term for outdoor toilet.

  2. I first observed the western North American Latrodectus hesperus build a sticky-foot snare array like the redback’s, as a kid in San Jose, CA. (My mother forbade widow spiders in glass jars in the house, but I kept them anyway, for the sake of science.) Indeed, the web design of scaffolding plus cobwebby sheet plus sticky-foot snares is typical of many theridiid spiders, and I believe unique to the family.

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