Wolf spiders are found throughout Australia ranging in habitats from coastal forests to inland woodlands, shrublands and alpine areas.
Mouse spiders are widely distributed across mainland Australia and are a type of trapdoor spider, although they are often mistaken for funnel-web spiders.
Common paper wasps
Common paper wasp nests occur around the home hanging from eaves, pergolas or vegetation. Adult wasps will defend their nest and can sting repeatedly if threatened or when the nest is disturbed.
Mud wasps: solitary and harmless
Mud wasps are large, solitary Australian insects that build nests of mud and provide live, paralysed prey for their larvae to feed on.
White-stemmed gum moth
White-stemmed gum moths are one of the largest species of moth found in eastern Australia and while adults are rarely seen, caterpillars can be found wandering suburban gardens in search of a place to pupate.
Although spider wasps look alarming, and sometimes paralyse spiders much larger than themselves, they are not aggressive towards people.
Funnel-web spiders are some of the world’s most deadly spiders and are found in coastal and mountain regions of Australia from Queensland to South Australia.
Not all flies are a pest
Flies belong to the diverse order of insects known as Diptera and many species exhibit a range of interesting and beneficial behaviour.
The redback spider is one of Australia’s most recognisable species due to the distinctive red stripe on the top of their abdomen.