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MEETING POSTPONED: Spiders and other creepy-crawlies of the Perth Hills, with Dr Mark Harvey, @ the DRB

8 May, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

Note: This meeting will not take place at this time due to COVID-19. It has been postponed until further notice. 

Topic: “Spiders and other creepy-crawlies of the Perth Hills”.

Although insects are the dominant organisms that inhabit the earth’s terrestrial ecosystems, arachnids such as spiders, mites and scorpions are also abundant and extremely diverse. Spiders are common inhabitants of all land environments, and can be routinely found in and around houses in urban environments.

All these spider photographs have been taken around a house in the Perth Hills – but can you identify them? Do you know how they reproduce, what they eat, and who eats them and which are or are not dangerous?

This presentation covers some of the more common species that occur in the Perth Hills, including insights into their diversity and conservation. The cast includes trapdoor spiders, red-back spiders, daddy-long-leg spiders, orb-weaving spiders, peacock spiders and scorpions, among many others. Dr Mark Harvey will provide a brief synopsis of the spiders and talk about some of his favourite spiders. He will explain that most species of spiders are relatively harmless to humans, but others can inflict a bite that’s dangerous to some people. But which is which?


Speaker: Dr Mark Harvey is the Curator of Arachnids and Myriapods, and Head of the Department of Terrestrial Zoology, at the Western Australian Museum. He studies the taxonomy, evolution, and phylogenetic relationships of many different arachnid taxa, and seeks to incorporate the results of his research into conservation planning. He has published over 300 scientific journal articles and books, and has described more than 700 new species and 80 new genera. He is THE expert in the area and we are very lucky to have him speak.


  • Kids’ talk – one of your younger members (aged …) will be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk – details later.
  • Boffins talk – one of our expert members will be giving an 8 minutes Boffins’ talk – details to be announced.
  • Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to the MC in advance, e.g. a sample flower, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. If we have time, one of our experts will identify them or briefly talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. Photographs are particularly welcome, as everyone can see them. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to our MC for this night, and she/he will include it on her PowerPoint slides. We have a dedicated email for this purpose: DRBMC@wanaturalists.org.au
  • Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.
  • Raffle: We will have a great raffle  – please raid your piggy bank for a bit more cash, $5 for 3 tickets. Details of prizes will be given later.

Venue: Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, Forrestfield.

Time: Please come at 7.15pm or earlier if you wish, for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 6.45pm. We finish formal proceedings no later than 9.30pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.20pm.

Donation: All this for only a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child to help with the costs of running the club, venue hire, insurance and so on. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits (including gluten free). Please bring the right CASH to help us avoid long queues. Thanks. We do not have EFTPOS facilities yet.

Entrance: It is a condition of entry that everyone signs in on arrival, thank you.

Parking: Free parking right outside.

Wheelchair access: Everything is on one level.

Toilets: Are inside.

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front. There is plenty of room in our new venue.

Join us for a great night.


8 May
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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