This spider was hanging around my garage door opening button for a few weeks now. I didn’t think much of it until today, when I noticed that it was actually a redback. Not the largest redback I’ve seen, but one located pretty close to a button I push quite frequently.

Photo of said redback (it's small, but the photo is a close-up)
Photo of a redback spider beside a garage door opener, with another spider on the left.
If you look closely you can see a bit of the classic red stripe on the spider's abdomen.

I don’t know about other Australians, but I’ve got a “kill on sight”1 policy with redbacks, so it had to go.

  1. Of course I say that, but I’ve seen redbacks on shed doors that I haven’t done anything about. Though I wouldn’t call them harmless, there were out of the way enough for me to disregard them. ↩︎