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Category: Pest ID

Golden orb weaver spider

GOLDEN ORB WEAVING SPIDERS

These spiders are notorious for catching birds and snakes in their webs, and can have a leg span of 20 cm. Would you be able to identify a golden orb weaving spider?

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BROWN TRAPDOOR SPIDERS

They have alarming fangs and lurk unseen in their burrows for decades. They are commonly found in lawns and gardens. Would you be able to recognise a brown trapdoor spider?

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Leaf curling spider on web

LEAF-CURLING SPIDER

These are one of the most common garden spiders in Australia, but they rarely show their faces. These spiders hide in mid-air, cunningly using leaves, snail shells, or scraps of paper. Would you be able to recognise a leaf-curling spider?

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Spitfires (sawfly larvae)

SAWFLIES AND SPITFIRES

These caterpillar-like pests gather in groups and threaten predators with poisonous spit, giving them their common name – spitfires. But would you be able to recognise the wasp-like adults, the sawflies?

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Portuguese millipede

PORTUGUESE MILLIPEDE

This invasive millipede has noxious secretions to defend itself and can swarm by the millions. They can appear in such numbers they have even caused train crashes! Would you be able to identify a Portuguese millipede?

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Antechinus image

ANTECHINUS

These relatives of the Tasmanian devil resemble small rats, but are perhaps best known for their bizarre sexual habits. Would you be able to identify an Antechinus?

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Red spider mite image

SPIDER MITES

These pests can form colonies of thousands and attack a wide range of plants – they can cover a lawn in fine silk netting and can swarm in numbers severe enough to kill a tree. Would you be able to ID a spider mite?

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Passionvine hopper nymph image

PASSIONVINE HOPPER

These insects feed on dozens of garden vegetables, ornamentals, native plants and weeds. They look like moths, jump like fleas, and their nymphs have long waxy filaments coming out of their abdomens. Would you be able to identify a passionvine hopper?

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CLUSTER CATERPILLAR

A notorious pest from a family of notorious pests, these caterpillars will feast on almost anything, and thrive on vegetables and poisonous weeds. Could you identify a cluster caterpillar?

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Wishbone spider

WISHBONE SPIDER

They are easily mistaken for the funnel-web spider, mouse and even trapdoor spider. They are much more widespread than funnel-web spiders but not nearly as venomous. Would you be able to recognise a wishbone spider? (Image Credit: Cael David-Gallery, Aname comosa)   Common name: Wishbone spider Scientific name(s): Family Anamidae (part of the Family Nemesiidae until very recently).  Description: Wishbone spiders are easily confused for other mygalomorphs, including the funnel webs, mouse spiders, and various trapdoor spiders. Many wishbone spider species are

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