Image: Redback Spider, Latrodectus hasselti
Redback Spider, Lactodectus hasselti
Redback spider enquiries are very common in Search and Discover
- Mike Gray
- © Australian Museum
- Common name:
- Redback Spider
- Scientific name:
- Lactodectus hasselti
Web2spider Identification Guide: W31 - tangle web
- The retreat of the Redback Spider may be of thickly tangled silk and often contains egg sacs.
- The long lines are the catching points - crawling animals get stuck in the sticky droplets that are near the end of the long lines.
- These lines have a weak point just above the substrate so the line breaks and the elasticity takes the prey toward the spider.
- Small prey such as ants can be captured with a single line, while larger prey such as lizards get caught when they come in contact with many lines.