Thursday, 26 November 2009

Christmas (spiders) just around the corner!

When walking through some areas of the bushland the Jewel (or Christmas) Spiders (Astracantha minax)seemed to be out in force. These spiders appear to rely on their bright colours and hard spiny bodies to enable them to remain active in their webs all day.

This clump of Agave has been here for many years and isn't spreading fast. It would take a bob-cat and lots of disturbance to get rid of it, so we just keep a watch on it.

I had been watching the Agave to see if we could catch it in flower so that we can identify it more precisely. Looks like I just missed the flowering this year ...

I spent most of this morning weeding Watsonia remnants and veldgrass (perennial).I will need to come back next Sunday because there is still quite a bit in the Watsonia patch area.

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