Dendrolycosa icadia (L. Koch, 1876)

This spider body length 9mm was observed on a poptplant in a garden in Wynnum in late June 2009, in a silken retreat amongst twigs at the most inaccessible part of the web. The web was scatty, like Badumna webs, but more substantial with some sheets, twisted around the outer branches and leaves. The females grow to 10mm, the males to 8.5mm. Easily mistaken for a wolf spider but lacks the pair of enlarged eyes that characterize the lycosids. The name means "Tree Wolf Spider".

Dendrolycosa icadia
Photo: Robert Whyte


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