The art of camouflage

The art of camouflage Daintree Rainforest showcases the art of camouflage and is renowned as the World’s longest surviving rainforest.  This claim is based on the number of families of primitive flowering plants called Angiosperms that remain today.  However, the enormity of this claim is dwarfed by the intricacy and variety of [...]

By |2018-12-08T20:08:50+10:00December 6th, 2018|Fauna, Spiders|0 Comments

Scorpion-tailed Spiders en masse

Until recently, sightings of this rarely-seen Scorpion-tailed Spider (Arachnura melanura) could have been counted on one hand, then approximately fifty of them were found on one tree in our tropical fruit orchard. A star-apple fruit tree (Chrysophyllum cainito), with an abundant growth of epiphytes, was loaded,  but given the amazing mimicry of a dead leaf, it is possible that in the [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:24:57+10:00July 3rd, 2016|Spiders|0 Comments

Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata)

I recently chanced upon a curious fluorescence out the corner of my eye, beneath the movement of a small black invertebrate. Upon closer inspection, I was delighted to see the Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata), weaving its fluorescent green egg-sac. For many years I had wondered which spider was responsible for the moss-mimicking green pillows [...]

By |2018-01-31T08:59:58+10:00May 11th, 2015|Fauna, Spiders|0 Comments

Rainforest Deception – Spiders

Deception in Daintree Rainforest - Spiders Knowing the rainforest so that we can present its values to visitors from around the world has become our infinite vocation.  Secretive, obscure, cryptic, camouflaged, mimicking are terms that describe strategies of rainforest deception that are employed by many of our critters to avoid detection.  The enrichment of our [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:25:07+10:00March 23rd, 2015|Spiders|0 Comments