Mailbox quest – remember the Redback spider?

Redback Spider

Redback Spider (Photo credit: Rock Portrait Photography)

For those of you who enjoyed the launch of the Amazing mailbox quest earlier this month, there is good news!

The mailbox which was responsible for starting me thinking about this project was one in the shape of a spider – a distinctive Redback. But there was nowhere to stop on the day I first noticed it and I was unable to get a photograph. So I had to just write about it.

However, I was able to get back to the spot in the last few days and Eureka! There it was – just waiting for me to return!

This incredible mailbox was quite surprising when I got close enough to have a good look at it. Well over a metre (3 feet) in width, it has been cleverly made from recycled parts from an old seeding combine – a farm machine used for sowing crops. The body appears to have been made from an old gas bottle (WARNING: cutting into a gas bottle, even when empty is extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening, please don’t copy this idea unless you get a properly qualified specialist to do the cutting).

The eyes have me puzzled, I cannot work out what machine they could be from or what part of said machine. Perhaps someone out there reading this post may know? Or if you would like to have a guess or make a suggestion, that could be fun too!

Redback1The reason for making a mailbox in the shape of a (deadly) poisonous, but very visually striking spider is intriguing! It may have been that the springs from the seeder just looked so much like gigantic spider legs, or perhaps the round shape of the body was the inspiration.

RedbackI have driven past this mailbox numerous times, but only noticed it at the time of my mailbox post. It is actually located in a turnout from a freeway, so is not that visible and it blends beautifully with the dark tree trunks behind it!

The distinctive red stripe of the Australian R...

The distinctive red stripe of the Australian Redback spider (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps if the mailbox was to get a fresh shiny coat of paint, it would stand out a bit better like its natural arachnid counterpart does!

But what a great mailbox! Very cleverly made and quite unique. How are you going with your search for mailboxes to add to the Amazing mailbox quest?

A few readers have, like me, been a bit puzzled about the source of the spider’s eyes. I have not come any closer to resolving this, although a few good suggestions have been made.
As luck would have it, I was able to return to the mailbox and quickly snap a photo of the ‘other side’ of the eyes. Here it is! This still does not help much though πŸ˜†

The other side of the Redback's eyes

The other side of the Redback’s eyes

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30 Responses to Mailbox quest – remember the Redback spider?

  1. scrapydo says:

    Amazing how it looks like a spider.


  2. fgassette says:

    WOW! How creative. It does look like a spider. Very unusual for a mailbox design.



  3. Peggy Isaacs says:

    Very cool….very creepy. Is that species related to the Black Widow spiders we have the U.S.? My mother-in-law’s barn is infested and I was able to get a few pictures.

    I think it would definitely give any mailman pause. πŸ™‚


    • Madoqua says:

      Peggy, they are very closely related! Both belong to the genus ‘Latrodectus’ which actually has four types of Black Widow spiders found the US. The most common one is apparently ‘L. mactans’, but perhaps this varies with where one lives. The Australian Redback is ‘L. hasselti”.

      Redbacks have the bright red mark on their backs, while Black Widow (females) have a red mark on the underside. In both species, the male is frequently consumed either during or soon after mating. Redbacks occur naturally in Aus, whilst Black Widows are found in the US. Interestingly, NZ also has a species from this family!


      Thanks for getting the photos of the Black Widow spiders. I have never seen one but have seen lots of Redbacks.


  4. I love spare parts sculptures! i’m wondering if the eyes are those porcelain conductors they used when the electric wires came to the house?


    • Madoqua says:

      That is an excellent suggestion, although I don’t think these are made of porcelain (which the insulators would be). But they would certainly do the job very well.
      I am actually rather annoyed with myself, I didn’t have a look at the other side of the spider, that could have helped πŸ™‚
      I am going to have a look at an old seeder shortly and will look to see if there is anything on it that looks like the eyes.


  5. adinparadise says:

    Wow, that is incredible. if I were the postman, I’d be scared to come near. πŸ˜€


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  7. That is so amazing ! Not only do they have a distinct mailbox but it also puts a smile on so many faces. Even though I’m mortally scared of spiders, I liked this one πŸ™‚
    Are the eyes made of the old kind of bicycle bells ?


    • Madoqua says:

      It is a seriously big spider, but as you say, one designed to amuse and delight! I have certainly got a lot of fun out of posting the images and seeing what others think.
      The eyes certainly do look like bicycle bells, don’t they?
      Another suggestion I have had from someone who has used farm machinery was that they may be special seed flow rate controllers. Sounds rather technical but nowhere near as much fun as your bicycle bells idea!


  8. This made me laugh! When I walk the dog in the mornings we go past a house with a spider postbox. It’s unusual enough to attract attention, but apparently not that of the postman, because the owner has put up arrows and signs to show where and what it is! Will have to try and take a photo.


    • Madoqua says:

      Perhaps the postman is trying to send a message to the owner! If you could get a photo, that would be great! I would be delighted to add another spider mailbox to the Quest!


  9. pommepal says:

    Well, well, well g’day, I am so pleased I have found your blog, what an amazing mailbox and I have to tell you that some where in my archives I have a photo of a red back spider mail box. I will have to go dig it out. Love the detail you showed in the series of photos. Will now go look at some of your other posts. Nice to meet you…


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