Part of the watering process on the golf course requires the lifting of a cover to get to the relevant valve.
When I turned this valve cover over this morning, I disturbed a Red Back Spider.
The Red Back makes an untidy web in dark places. It’s a trellis or scaffolding structure between two parallel surfaces that are a short distance apart. Many of the vertical strands are sticky and they trap any insects that may wander too close.
Red Back Spider toxin is particularly strong. A bite can seriously harm a human and can cause death in some cases if the antitoxin is not quickly administered.
This female has just one egg sac, but they can have 4 or 5 sacs that might produce several hundred spiderlings, usually at the onset of rain – now that’d be good, (the rain I mean)!
PS: Here's a link to a great post on Red Backs by Gaye from the Hunter.