Retreat

Retreat

Summer nearly ends in Sydney. Leaves are starting to fall. Apparently, it is the time for leaf-curler spiders (Phonognatha graeffei) to show up too. As the name gives it away, they curl up a dead leaf and stick each ends together with their silk as retreat. This would be the mating season. The male is on top and the female looks comfy in her leafy home.

Although its web is not as strong as garden orb-weaver spiders’ (Eriophora transmarina), it is constructed in three dimensions to support the structure.

This moment she senses vibration and spots a prey. Ready to attack.