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Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

September 23, 2017 08:09 AM NZST

Description

On a couple of occasions today I found a Steatoda capensis in the same web with a katipo - not entirely unusual. I'm wondering if they "grow used to each other", until eventually the full grown S. capensis turns on the katipo.

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Observer

arnim

Date

September 23, 2017 07:46 AM NZST

Description

One of the few occasions where I have found a Mimetid not in another spider's web. A couple of Mimetids found this day.

3rd photo provides location context.

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What

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

Observer

arnim

Date

September 23, 2017 06:56 AM NZST

Description

First sighting for me this season., half a dozen feeding some km north of Waitarere Beach.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 5, 2015 11:21 AM NZST

Description

Found this photo labelled "unkown spider", now identifiable as a native Steatoda.

This species is not common at Ocean Beach at all. Same plant occupied by a katipo, a Sidymella, and a Mimetid. I was already wiping out the latter two species at the time of this photo.

4th photo for location context.

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 5, 2015 10:22 AM NZST

Description

3rd photo provides location context

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

March 22, 2015 10:13 AM NZDT

Description

Some distinctions about this katipo community: It is the most successful community I've seen that is distant from the shore - I've never found less than 2-3 dozen katipo here, 300-350m back from the dune front. Secondly, a good third of the population lives in rat's tail grass (Sporobolus africanus), such as this katipo.

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Large Black Kekerengu Maoriblatta novaeseelandiae

Observer

arnim

Date

March 22, 2015 08:53 AM NZDT

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What

Green vegetable bug Nezara viridula

Observer

arnim

Date

March 22, 2015 07:38 AM NZDT

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Observer

arnim

Date

May 9, 2015 10:25 AM NZST

Description

On a couple of occasions at Ocean Beach I've glimpsed quite orange Sidymella, without obtaining a photo. This exemplar hints in that direction.

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

May 9, 2015 08:43 AM NZST

Description

A katipo has a banana bug (Paradorydium) in the larder. Not really a comon occurence, maybe because they're so jumpy that they're hard to catch.

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

May 9, 2015 07:52 AM NZST

Description

This photoset is one of the clearest examples of the double threat of the geology of Ocean Beach to katipo.

This katipo lives literally on the very edge of a steep and fragile sand cliff. Big tides regularly eat away at the dune front. I would have shifted her back, to give her a better chance.

Furthermore, the 3rd photo shows the dune to the immediate south, which over the years I was monitoring this area, was shifting northwards, in this case, right over the top of a fairly dense katipo population. I've seen plenty of examples of nearly buried katipo webs which indicate to me that they don't shift out with the imminent threat.

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What

Shore Bindweed Calystegia soldanella

Observer

arnim

Date

April 19, 2015 08:16 AM NZST

Description

Locally very common at Ocean Beach, less so in this particular location at the south end.

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Observer

arnim

Date

April 18, 2015 08:06 AM NZST

Description

These "banana" bugs are seasonally very common at Ocean Beach. The juveniles start black, and the tan takes over from the front toward the rear, so the oldest juvenils have a black tip of the tail.

They're jumpy, so getting a photo takes effort/luck.

Occasionally preyed upon by katipo.

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Observer

arnim

Date

April 18, 2015 07:37 AM NZST

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Observer

arnim

Date

April 12, 2015 08:56 AM NZST

Description

These wasps are quite common at
Ocean Beach, and Rangaiika to the north. Occasionally one finds them breeding, ie. dozens of young ones, mostly in my experience in dense Spinifex.

3rd photo provides location context.

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What

Large Black Kekerengu Maoriblatta novaeseelandiae

Observer

arnim

Date

April 12, 2015 09:49 AM NZST

Description

4th photo provides location context.

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

April 12, 2015 10:12 AM NZST

Description

This black katipo is some 5-7km further south than any other I found at Ocean Beach, which probably made her the southernmost exemplar. I had the pleasure of watching her through more than one summer, where she produced numerous eggsacs with the local red katipo males, as there were numerous "hybrids" visible after she was gone.

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

April 6, 2015 08:57 AM NZST

Description

Part of the southernmost community of katipo at Ocean Beach, this community seems to thrive, despite the proximity to mankind and vehicle.

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

December 26, 2011 01:35 PM NZDT

Description

The location context photo (4th) doesn't tell us much, except what the immediate vegetation is like, and that this was close to the edge of the front dune

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What

Katipo Latrodectus katipo

Observer

arnim

Date

December 13, 2015 08:44 AM NZDT

Description

This 7km of beach was home to a solid population of black katipo, hopefully it still is. No signs of any red stripe on any one of them. Over 40 black katipo photographed over the course of a morning's hands-and-knees.

3rd photo for location context.

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What

Ram's Horn Squid Spirula spirula

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:42 AM NZST

Description

1st two photos are from the large number of discoloured floats washed ashore on the last tide. Last two photos are from higher up the beach, ie. previous tides, with the more normal very white colour.

There were hundreds of these discoloured ones per km. this morning. It isn't just bleaching in the sun - previously when I've seen them coming in on the tide, they were already bright white.

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Observer

arnim

Date

December 29, 2014 07:56 AM NZDT

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Observer

arnim

Date

December 7, 2014 06:07 AM NZDT

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Knobby Clubrush Ficinia nodosa

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:18 AM NZST

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Tree Lupin Lupinus arboreus

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:18 AM NZST

Description

A few of them are starting to bloom already

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Pink ragwort Senecio glastifolius

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:11 AM NZST

Description

Another all too common exotic in these dunes.

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Macrocarpa Cupressus macrocarpa

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:10 AM NZST

Description

Another location where a significant growth of macrocarpa is getting buried by the dune.

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Bluebottle Physalia physalis

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:36 AM NZST

Description

A dozen or more adults washed up on the beach between Himatangi and Foxton Beach this morning, and a bunch more wee ones.

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What

Sand Coprosma Coprosma acerosa

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:59 AM NZST

Description

One very large clump here.

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Tauhinu Ozothamnus leptophyllus

Observer

arnim

Date

September 16, 2017 09:57 AM NZST

Description

Quite drab colours on these two plants.

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