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    Bird Poo Spider

    by Plays with Light » Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:13 pm

    I've long wanted an image of a Bird Poo Spiders face and haven't been able to attain it until recently when one appeared in a nectarine tree in our front yard. Here she is. The others around our place are too well shielded in deep growth, close to night light sources, where they can release their pheromones that smell like female moths, allowing them to literally grab the poor male moth that thinks he is about to get lucky! :shock:

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    Re: Bird Poo Spider

    by GeoffM » Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:12 pm

    Cool shot, nice angle and processing. Nature can be cruel, those poor male moths. Have never heard of a Bird Poo Spider so had to google it!

    From Wikipedia:
    The bird dropping spider (Celaenia excavata) derives its name from mimicking bird droppings to avoid predators, mainly birds. However, there are other species of spider that resemble bird droppings, for example species of Mastophora (a bolas spider).

    Habitat and appearance
    The males are much smaller than the females, about 2.5 mm as opposed to 12 mm. The females have up to 13 egg sacs, with about 200 eggs each, strung together with strong threads. Their toxicity is unknown, but may be able to cause mild illness in humans.

    Hunting
    The bird dropping spider stays motionless on its web during the day, only hunting for prey at night. It hangs down from a single silk thread and releases a pheromone which mimics the sex smells released by female moths. When a moth comes near, the spider will capture it with their powerful front legs. They can be found in Australia, mainly along the eastern and southern coasts.
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    Re: Bird Poo Spider

    by W G » Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:41 pm

    I have a tube of toothpaste that can mimic bird droppings.
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    Re: Bird Poo Spider

    by Doug » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:10 am

    W G wrote:I have a tube of toothpaste that can mimic bird droppings.


    Ah, but does it smell like moth pheromones.
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    Re: Bird Poo Spider

    by Eden » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:48 am

    Great shot Alex and what a cool spider!

    It is a great angle and I love its face and crab like legs.
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