Have you ever seen a strange tennis ball sized nest hanging in a bush somewhere? Ever wondered who lives there? It belongs to a Rain Spider (Genus Palystes).
Rain spiders are grayish in colour with slightly darker markings on their abdomen. Their legs are banded yellow and they are dark brown underneath. They are nocturnal hunters who build their nests of dried leaves hung in vegetation. Often if you look on the back of the nest you will see mama spider sitting there.