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What

Black Cobweb Spider Steatoda capensis

Observer

arnim

Date

July 23, 2017 07:59 AM NZST

Description

Notable mostly for the location, ref. the 4th photo - under a piece of wood on the sea side of the dunefront.

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What

Sydney golden wattle Acacia longifolia

Observer

arnim

Date

July 23, 2017 07:53 AM NZST

Description

Large growths of this 50m to the south, behind the dune front, so this is working its way north. Big job to get rid of it all, there's hectares of it.

This 'sprout' is along the southernmost footpath to the beach from Waitarere Beach settlement.

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What

Taupata Coprosma repens

Observer

arnim

Date

July 23, 2017 07:53 AM NZST

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What

Treasure Flowers Genus Gazania

Observer

arnim

Date

July 23, 2017 07:52 AM NZST

Description

A common garden escaper in this area. Dull morning, flowers not opened yet.

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What

Chilean Sea Fig Carpobrotus chilensis

Observer

arnim

Date

July 23, 2017 07:51 AM NZST

Description

South end of Waitarere Beach settlement, along the path to the beach.

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Observer

arnim

Date

March 30, 2016 06:16 PM NZDT

Description

Another incident where we see S.trapezia munching on a seashore wolf spider. Note there's no sign of S.trapezia just sucking the juices out, the victim is 2/3 completely ingested at this point.

3rd photo provides location context.

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Observer

arnim

Date

April 6, 2015 09:05 AM NZST

Description

This was the first time I captured photos of S.trapezia doing in a katipo. It has remained on the top of my hit list since then, with a few more incidents on katipo, a handful on Anoteropsis litoralis, and a few other species I'm less concerned about.

Location about 200m north of the OB surf club.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 26, 2015 08:24 AM NZST

Description

Munching on a seashore wolf spider. stopped early enough that the seashore wolf spider was still alive to scuttle away. Mostly I don't get there in time.

3rd photo provides location context, about 50m in from the dune front.

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What

Variable Oystercatcher Haematopus unicolor

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 08:30 AM NZST

Description

The only two seen this morning.

Theoretically South Island is just visible on the horizon, doesn't show up in the photo.

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What

sow thistles Genus Sonchus

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 08:44 AM NZST

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What

Tauhinu Ozothamnus leptophyllus

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 08:54 AM NZST

Description

Quite far forward in the dune, this young plant is looking healthy despite inundation by the sand.

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What

Knobby Clubrush Ficinia nodosa

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 08:57 AM NZST

Description

It's been a while since I've seen a wiwi plant this far forward in the dunes.

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What

White basket fungus Ileodictyon cibarium

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 09:01 AM NZST

Description

A number of small examples of this found in a small area on the front dune. This one was largest by a small margin, and seemed to be playing host to two flies and a wee (unknown) spider until I disturbed their circumstances.

5th photo for location context.

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What

Brown Shield Bug Dictyotus caenosus

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 09:40 AM NZST

Description

Quite close to the front.

3rd photo for location context.

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What

Wolf Spiders Family Lycosidae

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 09:43 AM NZST

Description

I'm guessing this is Lycosid, but certainly won't swear on it. Constantly on the move, but not notably fast. Quite far forward on this dune.

4th photo for location context.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 10:12 AM NZST

Description

A couple of solo lynx spiders noted today, quite far forward on the front of the front dune.

3rd photo for location context

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What

Scarabs Family Scarabaeidae

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:07 AM NZST

Description

I thought these larva lived on wood, but this chubby little larva is under a piece of pumice, at least a meter away from the nearest chunk of wood.

3rd photo for location context.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 10:21 AM NZST

Description

There were two Sidymella eggsacs in this marram plant, but only one spider minding them. Not seen that before. Usually Mom stays close to her task.

3rd photo for location context.

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:08 AM NZST

Description

A quite young spiderling, maybe a week or two old. Abdomen is ca. 1mm in diameter.

4th photo provides location context. Plenty of katipo on this north facing dune, but it may just as well have ballooned in from further away.

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What

Slater Spider Dysdera crocata

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:09 AM NZST

Description

I don't see a lot of these spiders in the dunes, despite the relative ubiquity of slaters. The same log had a substantial population of slaters under it.

This spider was notable for its aggressive attitude toward me.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:14 AM NZST

Description

I haven't seen a native Steatoda for a couple of months now, this was due. Almost all found under wood in the dunes.

5th photo for location context.

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What

Ants Family Formicidae

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:17 AM NZST

Description

A dozen or so ants busy with .. maybe a caterpillar?

A steep north-facing sand slope, not many other invertebrates at home on it.

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:18 AM NZST

Description

The white sphere is not a extra-clean eggsac, it is a styrofoam ball of the same size. No idea why she included it in the wall of her house-web, as if it were an eggsac.

3rd photo provides location context. Steep north facing slope, with thin Spinifex, where few other spiders will try to live, but this slope had a good dozen or more katipo, where several webs had beetles/weevils hanging in them.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:21 AM NZST

Description

Sole exemplar this morning, struggling on a steep sand slope. Points if you can find it in these two photos, excellent camouflage.

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What

Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 12:22 PM NZST

Description

One feeding, the rest asleep, ref. the 4th photo.

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What

Pingao Ficinia spiralis

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:43 AM NZST

Description

Sole cluster of Pingao in this area, and showing signs of burial. Natural enough in this location.

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What

Autetaranga Pimelea villosa

Observer

arnim

Date

July 16, 2017 11:45 AM NZST

Description

A good example of why sand daphne is a superb sand binder, as good as Spinifex. This one, right on the front of the front dune, also houses katipo.

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What

Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen

Observer

arnim

Date

July 15, 2017 09:15 AM NZST

Description

This is about as close as I get to the magpies that come down to the beach here. Most of my trips I at least see some magpies on the beach from a distance before they flee, but seldom more than one or two small groups.

Same trip also had a handful of rock pigeons fly off as I cycled by.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 15, 2017 08:03 AM NZST

Description

Sole seashore wolf spider seen today.

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What

Macrocarpa Cupressus macrocarpa

Observer

arnim

Date

July 15, 2017 08:10 AM NZST

Description

Almost all of the macrocarpa I see are full grown - this is the first bunch of offspring I've come across in these dunes. Note the wee one (2nd photo) getting buried?

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