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Argiope appensa

Argiope appensa

Description:

A large web-weaving spider found on Islands in the Western Pacific. This one was about 7cm long. The females (pictured) have this beautiful, striking yellow and black abdomen, while males are brown and don't grow bigger than about 2cm.

Habitat:

Native to islands in the Western Pacific.

Notes:

I was rushing to get ready for a dive, when I spotted this. I was in such a hurry, I didn't want to take my camera out of the underwater housing, and didn't realise until I was on the boat heading to the dive site that the housing had steamed up a bit! So this photo came out blurry sadly. Still a gorgeous spider, and I was the only one who would get close to it.

1 species ID suggestions

Modest St. Andrew's Cross Spider
Argiope modesta Foto Biodiversitas Indonesia » Argiope modesta - Pantai Samas 1

4 Comments

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 2 years ago

Thanks! That's really cool :) And yeah, I used to blow on the orb weavers I found in my garden as a kid just to watch them start vibrating! I was a strange child apparently...

ColinMacleod
ColinMacleod 2 years ago

Nice shot. I used to see spiders similar to this a lot in Japan, but with a slightly different shape of body. They build really strong webs and shake like crazy if you disturb them.

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 2 years ago

Haha, I've had that reaction a lot after showing people this photo! I actually really like spiders, but I seem to be in the minority there!

scottccarruthers
scottccarruthers 2 years ago

eeewww great picture but spiders give me the willies lol

Indonesia

Lat: -5.43, Long: 123.77

Spotted on Mar 30, 2010
Submitted on May 2, 2011

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