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Spiny-backed spider

Gasteracantha mammosa


This colorful orb weaver's body is about an inch wide and adorned with bumps and spots. Out of the web, it moves fairly slowly.


Tropical rainforest garden.


Apparently these were, like so many other plants and creatures in Hawaii, visitors that never left and multiplied like crazy. The blue-sky picture has dots: they're the dozens of these spiders hanging over everywhere. You have to swing a palm frond or stick in front and above you everywhere you walk or risk getting these spiders on you--and they bite!

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Hawaii, USA

Lat: 19.50, Long: -154.94

Spotted on Apr 6, 2015
Submitted on Apr 7, 2015

Spotted for Mission

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