Wood Cricket web - (Family: Gryllacrididae; sp. ???)
Our camel treks explore rather than conduct a tour as such and
we often find unusual and interesting natural phenomena. Several
years ago we found this "web" covering the entrance to
a Fairy Martin's mud nest.
Upon closer examination we found that the nest contained eggs which
had recently died. We dismantled the nest and saw a large black
Wood Cricket scuttle off but no spiders.
We sent the web off to CSIRO and they reported back saying it was
made from a foam like substance and was not from a spider. They
couldn't tell us anything else about it.
We believe that this web was made by the Wood Cricket. It invaded
the bird nest and built this web with special secretions to keep
the Fairy Martins out. In doing so it secured for itself a relatively
stately and secure home. As far as we could ascertain the Wood Cricket
must have had a rear exit and entry point.
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