Arachnid - Spider
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Death's Head Spider, Orchard Spider
Feeds at night, using mimicry to capture its prey. It hangs from the edge of a leaf or twig on a short silk thread, with its forelegs stretched out. It releases a chemical scent (pheromone) that mimics the scent released by female moths to attract their mates. If male moths attracted by the spider's mimicking scent flutter close enough they are grabbed by the spider's strong front legs. The egg sacs are marbled brown coloured balls, about 12-14 mm wide, each holding more than 200 eggs. Up to 13 sacs are joined together in a group.
Shape, colour pattern and resting position help this spider look like a bird dropping. It usually holds its legs folded in against its body.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Looking like dung protects them from predators such as birds and wasps. Sometimes called a Death's Head Spider as its markings can resemble the shape of a skull.
Carnivore. Mainly eats male moths.
Found in open woodlands and urban gardens.
Native to Australia