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Friday, April 26, 2013

Common Garden Orb Web Spider (Argiope australis)

Family Araneidae
The females are larger than the males.
 Identified by the distinct yellow and grey stripes on the abdomen and banded legs.

Their webs most often have a zigzag band from its centre.
 Webs are usually built in tall grass.
 When startled, they react by shaking their web violently.

The egg sac may contain more than 100 eggs.
Info: Spiders of the Kalahari (Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman)


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I don't think I will ever get to love spiders :(( Have a great weekend Diane

Gaelyn said...

Great shots. These were fun to see, especially that huge web.