Redback Spider Puppet Spotted By Kim Tairi

The redback is one of the few spiders that exhibit sexual cannibalism while mating. The sperm is then stored in the female reproductive tract, and can be used up to two years later! She’s a real charmer! Not only that, the redback is one of the few arachnids that can be harmful to humans, and its preferred habitat (in the house!) has led it to being responsible for the large majority of serious spider bites in Australia. Luckily there is an anti-venom agent and no deaths since its introduction in 1956.

It’s beautiful though … here is a totally safe redback spider puppet:

Spotted by Kim Tairi at Te Papa Museum shop – good find!





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Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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