Jotus is a spider genus of the family Salticidae (jumping spiders), native to Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia. There are thought to be many as yet undescribed species in southern Australia. Currently there 14 species included in this genus. Males perform elaborate mating dances that involve a brush of long and often colourful setae on the first or third pair of legs. All males use this brush to wave to the females and attract them across short distances (Otto and Hill 2016) and hence we refer to these animals further below as “brushed” jumping spiders.
Fun fact: Colouration patterns in the males are species-specific and range from black-white combinations to extremely colourful morphs with iridescent turquoise and orange patterns.
Built by the community in 1913 and been a hub for community activities ever since including our annual Snowball and Christmas Tree.
Artist: Dave Taylor
Multi award winning artist, blacksmith and woodworker Dave Taylor has built his rendered strawbale art studio and workshops to pursue his passions for wrought iron and woodwork.
Using the traditional blacksmithing techniques of ‘hammer and hand’, beautiful local and recycled timbers, and hand rubbed finishes, Dave’s work embodies his ideals of craftsmanship, artistic individuality and environmental awareness.
His bespoke work covers a wide range from award winning sculptures featuring a combination of wood and wrought iron, entry statements for local towns, furniture and home adornments, gates and railings thru to hand forged layered Damascus blades for chefs to collectors. When he gets time Dave is also an accomplished musician, singer songwriter and plays gigs in a number of bands around the great southern. https://porongurup.asn.au/arts-crafts/
We acknowledge the Minang and Koreng people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present, and emerging and to the wider Noongar community.