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Lycidas sp. Striped-blue-and-gold Western Jumping Spider

A small species, distinct and recognizable, found in Western Australia on the Canning River East Branch, 30 km south of Armadale, in bushland reserves in Perth suburbs Warwick and Stratton, probably being widespread in suitable habitat in the greater Perth region. The male is only about 3mm in body length, yet displays bright chevrons of blue and gold on its abdomen plus white plumes on its flanks. It prefers a habitat of loose, strewn leaf litter, twigs, low vegetation and fallen branches. Operating in the zone from the ground to about 300mm, the males display with a white-tipped, long third leg, raising it to attract the attentions of a female. Lycidas chrysomelas occurs in the same habitat and is very similar, except with a pearly anvil shape outlined In black on the upper surface of the abdomen. The two species, or varieties, mingle freely and females, apparently of both species, are usually observed nearby. ♀ 4mm ♂ 3mm

Male, from above


Lycida blue anf gold striped
Photos: Jean and Fred Hort

Male, from side


Lycidas blue and gold striped
Photos: Jean and Fred Hort

Male, facing


Lycidas blue and gold striped
Photos: Jean and Fred Hort

Male, from side with prey


Lycidas blue and gold striped
Photos: Jean and Fred Hort

Male from side


Lycidas blue and gold striped
Photos: Jean and Fred Hort

Male with prey


Lycidas blue and gold striped
Photos: Jean and Fred Hort

Female, facing, possibly not the same species


Lycidas blue and gold striped

Female from above possibly not the same species


Photos: Jean and Fred Hort

Jean Hort. WA naturalist


Jean Hort
Photo: Fred Hort

Male searching for a mate


Jean and Fred Hort write with an update: We went to the Talbot Road Reserve, Stratton on Saturday and found the blue and gold spiders again, observing male and female interaction. The pair were on an old Marri leaf on the ground. The male lifted his abdomen and waved it from side to side. He extended the side hairs, both white and black, the spinnerets were also opened and closed. He did not raise his third pair of legs. They stood and watched each other for some time, and then moved in slowly to each other. When they were within touching space, they reached out their front legs and touched. LOL They both jumped in different directions and unfortunately both lost contact with each other.

Blue and gold Lycidas Western Australia
Photos: Fred and Jean Hort

Female watching


Blue and gold Lycidas Western Australia
Photos: Fred and Jean Hort

Female facing


Blue and gold Lycidas Western Australia
Photos: Fred and Jean Hort

Male and female courting


Blue and gold Lycidas Western Australia
Photos: Fred and Jean Hort

 

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