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Tree Stump Spider ♀

Poltys illepidus


Also known as Rough Twig Spider, this is a species of orb weaving spider. This specimen is still not mature as I've seen some that get 3 to 5 times larger than this. Coloration is mostly ochre-brown and two large visible humps on each side and one on the center of the abdomen, also it is mostly rough and bumpy which helps the spider mimic the end of a twig, hence the name.


Found this spider on an ampalaya (bitter gourd) plantation that's off season.


My favorite species of Orb-weaving spider and I seldom see them, we call this orb-weaver "camel-camel' because of the humps on their back that becomes bigger and more noticeable as they grow. More reference:

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Francis Floe
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Francis Floe

Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 14, 2021
Submitted on Aug 2, 2023

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