Habitat and Biology
In summer, males leave their web, during daylight hours,
and wander in search of females. This wandering habit
often brings them indoors. Due to the red and black
colour, the spider is often confused with the red-back
spider and, as red is a common warning colour, the
spider is sometimes thought to be highly venomous. The
egg case has a woolly appearance and is suspended in the
and legs commonly bright red, abdomen black, but varying
orange to dark red, sometimes with a bluish tinge.
Typically a small spider with slender legs, most easily
recognised by colour pattern as described above.
A few irregular strands built under bark, stones or
Despite the red colour of this spider its venom is not
dangerous. At most, it may cause a local reaction around
the bite site. Normal precautions, as outlined in the
introduction, should be observed.
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