Black House Spider – Badumna Insignis
The Black House Spider known as Badumna Insignis is a common spider throughout the east and west coast of Australia.
Identification of Black House Spider
The male Black House Spider is much smaller in length 8 – 10mm than the female Black House Spider which 15 – 18mm. Black House Spiders have large abdomens which are usually dark brown to black and very long black legs. Sometimes depending on the Black House Spider they can appear to be blackish Grey this is due to their hair on their body and legs. Black House Spider carapaces and legs will be a darkish brown to black colour.
Habitats of Black House Spider
Black House Spider is mainly found around cracks and crevices of buildings, window frames, door hinges and under eaves. But in the wild they are mostly found in old bark, tree trunks, rock crevices and leaf debris. The Black House Spider will make an un-kept lacy web similar to the Funnel-Web Spiders web. The female Black House Spider rarely leaves her web unless she has been forced out. The Black House Spider will often use small twigs, sticks and other small objects in their web. The Black House Spider will build its web near a light source so its prey will fly directly into the web.
Reproduction of Black House Spider
Black House Spiders will generally live up to 2 years in right conditions. The male Black House Spider will go in search for a female Black House Spider when he is ready to mate, he will pluck at her web in a bid to gain her attention to see if she is receptive and will then make his way to her inserting his palps and inseminating her. Both the male and female Black House Spider can mate several times over the next few days after the initial mating session. The female Black House Spider will construct a few silk egg sacs which are white and will secure this safely in her web. The female Black House Spider will protect her egg sac until the spiderlings have hatched and disperse.
Diet for Black House Spider
Black House Spiders will feed on the liquid from its prey which is usually mosquitoes, moths, flies, butterflies, bees, ants, and beetles.