The Trapdoor Spider

I had this series of pics sitting around and thought I’d post them up. This is a smallish Trapdoor Spider (family idiopidae), taken out West of Kingaroy. The series starts with a shot of the trap lid, then to the spider emerging from the tunnel. The last (quite blurry) photo, shows the lid of the tunnel and the small stone that the spider has added to it. The diameter of the tunnel is just under a centimetre. These spiders will hurt and require medical treatment if they bite you, which they will if provoked. So don’t play with the hatch of one of these nests. Images shot with a Sony A-200 DSLR, Minolta 75-300mm lens. Average F5.6 at 1/500th sec.

The base of the Trapdoor Spider lid/hatch.

The base of the Trapdoor Spider lid/hatch.

Legs!

Legs!

Waiting for the right moment to pull the lid.

Waiting for the right moment to pull the lid.

Pulling the lid shut. It was quick.

Pulling the lid shut. It was quick.

The hatch, with attached pebble as a weight.

The hatch, with attached pebble as a weight.

 

 

 

 

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