After some tropical-strength rain on Saturday, Sunday was a perfect day for planting! Sunday 17th April also was IWEG's first working bee at Cadigal Reserve for 2011.
After weeding an area at the 'top' of the reserve, of annuals including Panic Grass, Fleabane and Asthma Weed, seven volunteers filled in some gaps in that area by planting Wonga Wonga Vine, Blue Flax Lily, Pink Spider Grevillea and Native Indigo. Thank you to all who participated. This area now looks a lot more cared-for than it did previously.
Fauna highlight of the day was the five female Golden Orb Weaver spiders who have taken up residence in this part of the site (there were probably males there too, but as they are much smaller than the females, they are harder to detect.) Their webs were tangled and interwoven, and would have been very difficult to avoid if you were a fly or a moth.
Golden Orb Weavers are a common species to Sydney, and seem to be especially visible during autumn. Although Golden Orb Weavers are not aggressive and bite symptoms are usually minor, it is inadvisable to handle any spiders. If you are interested in finding out more about these beautiful spiders, have a look at the fact sheets from the Australian Museum and the Queensland Museum.