A male Maratus volans peacock spider. Image made available through generous donation of its original author.

What good are spiders?

Apart from their intrinsic right to be here, spiders do humans a power of good as well.

Visitor in front of butterfly display at the entrance to Bugs Alive exhibition
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Bugs Alive!

The amazing world of insects and spiders!

Mottled brown scorpion, tail raised.
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Little Marbled Scorpion

 Is a relatively small species and found in the greater Melbourne region.

Venoms & antivenoms at Museum Victoria
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Venoms & antivenoms at Museum Victoria

Through necessity, Australia is a world leader in venom and antivenom research.

Black scorpion with tail curled over back.
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Wood Scorpion

Can live for more than three years and are known to occur in the greater Melbourne region. 

Front view of brown spider showing two rows of eyes.
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Wolf spiders

Some Wolf Spiders shelter in permanent burrows, others wander during the day.

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Bird perched on a red bollard
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Cockatoos taking flight
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Black wasp

Predator vs predator

Wasps give huntsman spiders a taste of their own medicine.


Bountiful Mallee

Close encounters with Mallee insects.

Five girls looking for marine life on a boat.
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Blac, white and yellow spiny spider on web.
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Spiny Spider

Also known as the Christmas spider or jewel spider.

Black spider with red markings with eggs.
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Redback Spider

Black Rock Scorpion
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Black Rock Scorpion

Lives in cleared areas beneath rocks or logs in burrows and is found in the greater Melbourne region.

A Marbled Scorpion on sand with its tail raised above its body.
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Marbled Scorpion

A spider, the Huntsman, on wood.
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A nocturnally active spider that you may encounter on the ceiling of your house.

Dorsal view of male Red-headed Mouse Spider.
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Red Headed Mouse Spider

Lives in burrows in the ground, often in banks of rivers and creeks, and is sometimes found in suburban gardens.

A White-tailed Spider on a leaf.
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White-tailed Spider

White-tailed Spiders often wander, hunting at night to catch other spiders.

A Victorian Funnelweb Spider on brown and green moss.
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Victorian Funnelweb Spider

Lives in silk-lined burrows with strands of silk that radiate away from the entrance to help catch prey.

A Brown House Spider in its web.
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Brown House Spider

This spider makes a tangled web of sticky threads that attach to the ground or floor.

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