It is our both lucky day, mine and hers. A common netcasting spider or stick spider (Deinopis subrufa), I believe, has been found in the garden in stand by mode. She builds elastic-like web to hunt her prey by throwing the web with four front legs and wrapping around it, as seen in Life in the Undergrowth. Like any other predators, patience is the key to the success.
And the wait is over. She eventually catches a common garden katydid (Caedicia simplex). I am not too sure that this is the most effective way for spiders. Because she also gets a piece of wood with it, it is not an instant food. She has to carefully get rid of that tweak without losing her reward on the ground and it takes a while. My guess is their silk does not have the sticky element like orb-weaving spiders. She hangs on with one hind leg while untangling her own net. But finally, she gets to the katydid and can enjoy her big meal.
This shot was taken a while ago. It is Sydney’s business district, Martin Place, view from the late Harry Siedler’s MLC front concourse steps. Unfortunately, I don’t remember having good shots of his works. Have a look at its accompanied shot, Taking the Red Pill
Early autumn in Sydney is full of common garden katydid nymphs (Caedicia simplex). I am not quite so sure why this one has a thing for canna lily, or flower in general. I thought the colour pigment it eats would make it harder to camouflage from birds. But there you go, and there is another one behind the flower too.
After early autumn rain, silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis) come out with joy, they seem. Gardens in the neighbourhood are their playground. Along with other birds, such as superb-fairy wrens, they fly across the street and houses. This one is having a short break under an apple.
There are at least three names for this orb-weaving spider: silver orb weaver, horizontal orb weaver and humped orb weaver (Leucage dromedaria). They build their web horizontally and hang in upside-down position. The web reflects sunlight that looks like silver thread.