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Ladybird Mimic Spider

Paraplectana duodecimmaculata

Description:

Small, 5mm to 6mm length. Bright pink with black polka dots. Looks like a 6yo little girl designed it. The way it was traversing its web line, it looked very like a crab spider, gasteracantha. Happy to be corrected. I have entered it as a family name of araneidae for now.

Habitat:

Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.

Notes:

It would be a reasonable assumption that it is mimicking a ladybird because of the bas tasting poison that they give off when disturbed. Cutest spider I ever saw. If all spiders looked like this, there would be no more arachnophobics.

No species ID suggestions

7 Comments

NickKing
NickKing 2 years ago

Hi Dave,

Firstly, great pic of the spider. I'm having difficulty identifying aninsect. I don't know what it is or where to start, can you help me? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/214...

Thanks,

Nick

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

all I can say is wow!

The MnMs
The MnMs 4 years ago

Beautiful! I had not seen it earlier :-)

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 4 years ago

I love the saltys too. I still have a lot more to upload, but here is my collection of hyllus and cosmos: http://bandungbugs.freeforums.net/board/...

Dave

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 4 years ago

So many spottings coming up all the time Dave, it could have just got missed ... I'd love to find a spider like that here .... I'm totally smitten by the jumping spiders .. those eyes!!! I've actually spotted a pair of rare-ish butterflies here, a couple of butterfly fanatics are coming across from Samui & Koh Phangan at the weekend to see if they can get some snaps :) Fingers crossed they're still around .. p.s Keep up the good work! :)

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 4 years ago

Viv - I thought so too, but no one else did. Tough crowd here sometimes.

Dave

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 4 years ago

What a beauty!

Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Lat: -6.85, Long: 107.58

Spotted on Jan 28, 2015
Submitted on Jan 28, 2015

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