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Signature Spider (Male & Female)

Argiope ansuja


The male is much smaller than the female. After mating, the female kills the male. The male spider spins a web alongside the females web, known as the companion web. The female lays her eggs onto this companion web and wraps them up into a sac. This sac can hold from 400 to 1,400 eggs inside. The eggs hatch in autumn, but they remain locked inside until spring. The young spiders in the sac are cannibals, and they eat each other to stay alive — until they are strong enough to break through the sac walls.


Here in this pic you can see a male Signatre spider (Argiope ansuja) which is way smaller in size approaching a female(the large one). The 2nd pic shows the companion web just behind the female spiders web.

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ArvinMemaphu 3 years ago

wow! great information and great photo :) thank you.

Atul 3 years ago

Thanks Blueidone and Karen!!

KarenL 3 years ago

Great shot Atul!

Blueidone 3 years ago

Great capture of a interesting aspect of nature....I'm always amazed with the detail of their webs and their mating habits..thanks for sharing this pic with us :)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 3 years ago

This is a great spotting! Please fill in the space with the scientific name from your notes. Thanks!

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago

Lovely spotting and great info doc.

CarolSnowMilne 3 years ago

Oh wow! I just discussed this in my spider group on FB. SO COOL! I miss my spiders.

Atul 3 years ago

Thanks Marcel!!

MarcelPepin 3 years ago

too cool : )

Atul 3 years ago

Thanks Laurie!

LaurieWinters 3 years ago

Great pics and interesting info.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 3 years ago

Atul, thanks for sharing such a useful information and a Fabulous photography.

Atul 3 years ago

This Is common with quite a few species of spiders ctsetan!!

Atul 3 years ago

Its a Murder mystery sachin!!
for more info check this one out

ChimeTsetan 3 years ago

so it is common of female eating male in spider species..? i thought it was only for black widow spider. :)

Atul 3 years ago

Thanks Bong!!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 3 years ago

Wow, very strange and interesting story,

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 3 years ago

Fantastic shot and spotting.

Maharashtra, India

Lat: 19.86, Long: 72.68

Spotted on Nov 20, 2011
Submitted on Dec 19, 2011

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