Archive for the 'Insects' Category

Latrodectus Rhodesiensis – First Time Seen in Zimbabwe

latrodectus-rhodesiensis-e28093-first-time-seen-in-zimbabweLatrodectus rhodesiensis was originally described from Zimbabwe. They are usually paler in colour and their egg sacs are distinct in being larger and having a more fluffy appearance. They have been recorded from Zimbabwe and also small areas in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo Province. Continue Reading »

Latrodectus geometricus – also known as the Brown Widow


Female: about 12-16 mm (> 0.5 inch) long (body length only, not including legs)
Male: much smaller, 6-8 mm (about half the body length of a female) but with longer legs. Continue Reading »

Latrodectus cinctus – also known as the African Black Widow Spider

latrodectus-cinctus-e28093-also-known-as-the-african-black-widow-spiderThe first record of the African black widow spider, Latrodectus cinctus Blackwall, 1865 (= L. indistinctus Pickard-Cambridge, 1904) from Liberia is presented. Continue Reading »

Latrodectus Indistinctus – the Timid Black Button Spider

latrodectus-indistinctus-e28093-the-timid-black-button-spiderThey are nocturnal, web-living spiders. Button spiders are very timid, usually retreating when disturbed or dropping to the ground and playing dead. Continue Reading »

Argiope aurantia – also known as Yellow Garden Spider

argiope-aurantia-e28093-also-known-as-yellow-garden-spiderThe yellow garden spider, also known as Argiope aurantia is most abundant from the end of July to mid September. They produce huge orb webs and hangs in their webs with their head down waiting for prey. Continue Reading »

Lycosidae godeffroyi – also known as the Wolf Spider

lycosidae-godeffroyi-e28093-also-known-as-the-wolf-spiderThe wolf spiders belong to the Lycosidae family and consists of several species. The one described here is the Lycosidae godeffroyi. This wolf spider is typically found in suburban areas of Australia and is commonly known as the garden wolf spider. Continue Reading »

Cheiracanthium Inclusum – also known as The Yellow Sac Spider


The yellow sack spider with the Latin name Cheiracanthium inclusum is very common in most of the United States. The yellow sack spider is a cause of many bites in the US and a lot of house spiders are crushed on suspicion of being yellow sac spiders. Its bite corresponds to a bite from a wasp. Continue Reading »

Sicarius Hahni – also known as Six Eyed Sand Spider

sicarius-hahni-e28093-also-known-as-six-eyed-sand-spiderThe Six Eyed Sand Spider (Sicarius hahni) is a medium-sized spider found in deserts and other sandy places in southern Africa. It is a member of the Sicariidae family and close relatives of this spider are sometimes found in both Africa and in South America. Its nearest relatives are the Recluse spiders (Loxosceles) which are found worldwide. Continue Reading »

Funnel-web Spiders – Dangerous and Not

Hadronyche versutaFunnel-web spiders, the most notorious members of our spider fauna, are found in eastern Australia.

There are at least 40 species of funnel-web spiders and they are currently placed in two genera: Hadronyche and Atrax. They are medium to large spiders, varying from 1 cm - 5 cm body length. Males are more lightly built than females. Body colour can vary from black to brown but the hard carapace covering the front part of the body is always sparsely haired and glossy. Continue Reading »

Latrodectus – Also Known As Widow Spiders


Widow spiders (genus Latrodectus) are widely feared but poorly known. They are a medically important group with a worldwide distribution. Most species favor xeric conditions. Some species adapt well to synanthropic (human-altered) conditions and are readily dispersed by humans (Forster, 1984; 1985; Forster and Forster, 1999; Garb et al., 2004; Ono, 1995; Ori et al., 1996). Continue Reading »

Next Page »