A nature lover has discovered a mysterious new species of spider after spotting it walking across her recycling bin in her backyard.
Amanda De George spotted the eight-eyed creature at her home in Thirroul, south of Sydney, 18 months ago – but it wasn’t until June when it reappeared she managed to snap a photo.
She shared pictures of the tiny 4mm long arachnid to a spider identification Facebook page with the caption ‘What is this?’.
The creature’s striking blue face attracted the attention of a leading spider expert in Melbourne, who confirmed the species was unknown and asked her to capture it and send it to him for examination.
‘I thought it was incredibly beautiful with its bright blue face and eyes but didn’t realise how special it was,’ Ms De George told Daily Mail Australia.
‘By the time I was told it was a species new to science it was long gone. It took me three-and-a-half months of full on searching to find another specimen. So that was the hard part! The capturing was easy!’
She eventually captured two of the creatures and put them inside containers filled with tissues to ship down to Joseph Schubert, a Museums Victoria taxonomist who specialises in jumping spiders.
Ms De George said learning she had discovered the new species was a real ‘bucket list moment’.
The spider is apart of the genus group Jotus, which includes other jumping spiders commonly found in Australia and New Zealand.
Ms De George’s spider will be given a Latin scientific name after it is examined by Mr Schubert when museums reopen after lockdown.
( As reported by Daily Mail not edited by our News Desk)