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Oval St Andrew's Cross Spider

Argiope aemula


The brilliantly coloured spider with silvery hair on the carapace sits head down in the centre of the web, and holds its legs in pairs in such a way that they appear to be aligned to the four arms of the letter 'X'. The males are dull in colour and like the females, have the habit of pairing their legs. Their webs are, however, decorated by a lace-like centre, instead of white bands in the shape of the letter 'X'.

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Orb-weaver spider
Argiope aemula

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coleen.sucgang 10 years ago

Thanks a lot Anne Marie, will update ID.

Anne Marie McCaffrey
Anne Marie McCaffrey 10 years ago

One of the orb-weaver spiders, genus Argiope.

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Iloilo, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 23, 2012
Submitted on Jul 23, 2012

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