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  1. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Cabbage White Moth (Pieris rapae)

    Hello, These daytime moths are very common around my area, on hot days they sometime come indoors and this one perched on a Kangaroo Paw native plant in a vase which gave me a chance to shoot this shot..
  2. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Slender ringtail damselfly UV

    Hello, A few days ago this damselfly flew inside my house and perched on the ceiling. I grabbed a branch with leaves from my backyard, placed the damselfly on it and took the chance to photograph it but as it was near evening I hoped the damselfly slept on the branch so I could shoot it with...
  3. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Common Brown Butterfly - Heteronympha merope

    I dont get too many photos of butterflies, they are very skittish and dont let you get near at all near my area. Anyways, here is one I got last spring. Hope you like it..
  4. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Found an unnamed jumper species while bushwalking at a park..

    Hi, While walking to the top of a small peak at You Yangs park i found this jumping spider, it is a known but unnamed female species from the Saitis family. I like the emerald eyes and heart pattern on the booty 😆, it also has a rather angry face 🤷‍♂️ . I believe its common unofficial name is...
  5. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Mama Wolf spider and her many children - not for arachnophobes, you've been warned

    Hi, Even I get a little uneasy when I look at this photo. Mainly because I know how fast wolf spiders can move and no spider the size of a tarantula should move that quick 😆, this particular wolf spider mum wasn't too big at about 4 cm but I did notice it had passengers onboard. I'm not sure...
  6. Chavezshutter

    Want critique Until next year 😥....but what a shoot!!!

    Hello, Last weekend I was able to get to the coast to have what may well be my last opportunity to photograph my favourite Maratus - The Tasmanian peacock spider. @eliasfta and I have had our most successful season this year getting thousands of photos and video of these tiny spiders. Any day...
  7. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Long time no see...False Garden Mantis

    Hi, I had not seen a mantis for at least a decade, they are tricky to spot but I do spend a fair amount of time outdoors. Anyways, this past June during our winter we had a week of particularly cold weather and I found this mantis inside, it stayed inside for a few days. Shallow DOF and...
  8. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Dance of the tiny spider

    Hi, Peacock spider season is nearly over, not seeing as many as I have seen a few months ago but I was able to get some courtship behaviour in my last outing, this species is a bat-like peacock jumping spider (Maratus vespertilio) displaying for a female: The female, however, does not appear...
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    Your opinion? Tasmanian peacock spider and prey

    Hi, I have posted this little spider before, it is my favourite peacock spider species I have found so far. I find these at a wetland reserve not too far from where I live in Melbourne. They like to live near a type of coastal succulent which has bright flowers and attracts many insects, these...
  10. Maratus Pavonis 01

    Maratus Pavonis 01

    Common peacock jumping spider - Maratus Pavonis
  11. Chavezshutter

    Want critique Common Peacock Jumping spider - Maratus Pavonis

    Hi, I managed to get nice and close for this shot on this spider which I shot 2 days ago, quite lucky as these are the most skittish and smallest of the species I have found so far, they are about 3-4mm long. This jumping spider was the first species of peacock jumping spider recorded back in...
  12. Maratus Tasmanicus 01

    Maratus Tasmanicus 01

    Tasmanian peacock jumping spider - Maratus Tasmanicus, short clip, best seen at 4k. Haven't done video editing for a bit, slowly getting back into it.
  13. Chavezshutter

    Others Star trails - Altona Foreshore Reserve

    Hello :) The Altona Foreshore Reserve is a protected wetlands area about 15km southwest of the city of Melbourne, in Victoria. I come here quite often as it has great city views as well as beautiful wetland native wildlife. The creeks and estuaries closer to my own home all feed down to these...
  14. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Another Maratus - Maratus Pavonis "Common peacock spider"

    Hi again, Here are photos from another species I have found this year. This species is slightly smaller than the other maratus species I have found, they also tend to stay away from humans more than other species, getting a good photo on these tiny spiders was tricky. I hope to capture one of...
  15. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Maratus Tasmanicus

    Hello, This is the second species I have been lucky to find so far this year, it is a more colourful and more of a "traditional" peacock in terms of colours, hope you like it
  16. Chavezshutter

    Landscape Nepean National Park and The Dragon's Head

    Hi everyone, I have been quite busy since my last visit about 2 weeks ago. First I have a small legal issue which is beig resolved, hope to tell you more once it is sorted. Then i got involved in helping a neighbour improve his coffee van website, been doing some product photography with coffee...
  17. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Triangle crab spider (Ebrechtella Tricuspidata) on some eucalyptus bark

    Hi, I found this spider on an eucalyptus bark, its was tiny, about 2mm long, seems like a juvenile crab spider. The colour contrast on the bark made it stand out for me, hope you like it
  18. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Huntsman Spider (Holconia Immanis)

    Hello, Night shoot at a nearby park, very common and active at night. I see many of these large spiders on eucalyptus tress where they blend in almost perfectly against the tree bark, here I was lucky to find this spider on some tall reeds.
  19. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Helpis Minitabunda on Aloe Vera leaf

    Hi, Practicing some jumping spider shots before my Grampians trip. Found this male jumping spider in my front garden. This specific species of jumping spider I have become very familiar with, they are very abundant during the warmer months, the females are much more difficult to identify, they...
  20. Chavezshutter

    Your opinion? Australian Bush Bee (Austroplebeia australis)

    Hello, I saw this insect on a morning glory flower in my front yard, initially i thought it was a winged ant, something quite common here at spring time, but when i looked closer I noticed it was a very small bee, so I am glad I decided to photograph it. These very small bees do not have a...