I have photographed the Jewell Spider or Six Horned Spider, or Christmas Spider (among other names for this creature) previously, showing the white spots on the upper body. This time I was able to photograph the underside of the spider. The white and yellow dots indicate this is a female spider. The male is smaller, and largely brown. with similar red legs to the female..
The first spider I found in the vegetable garden, but the shots below were taken in the bushland part of our property. The Jewell Spider had strung a web from one bracken leaf to another, right across the path. If I hadn’t been looking down, keeping an eye out for new plants, I might have walked right through it.
One of the first things I researched is whether or not these spiders are dangerous. Apparently, if they bite, it will hurt locally, but they are not toxic to humans.