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Ladybird Spider

Eresus cinnaberinus

Description:

Males are up to 11 mm long, females can reach up to 20 millimetres (0.79 in). Males have a black prosoma and a strikingly red opisthosoma with four black dots (sometimes with white lining), resembling a Ladybird. The black legs have white stripes, the hind legs are partly red. Females are black with some white hairs, only the front is sometimes yellow.

Habitat:

These spiders live in up to 10 centimetres (3.9 in) long underground tubes with a diameter of about one centimetre. On top they are much wider and lined with cribellate silk. Many webs can usually be found in the same place, sometimes up to ten on a single square metre. E. cinnaberinus mainly catches millipedes and beetles. Males walk around during September, searching for females. If it finds one, it lives with the female in her tube, and they feed from the same web.

Notes:

While we were climbing at the south of France, this very beautiful spider crossed my trail. Unfortunately I had no macro lens at hand, so I had to use a telelens to shoot these pictures.

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15 Comments

Antoine Verfaille
Antoine Verfaille 7 years ago

Thank you Injica! It was a amazing encounter!

injica
injica 7 years ago

Pretty cool spider!

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Geo!

GeoGerms
GeoGerms 7 years ago

Great spot!

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Sanmiggums and Yuko. It is one of the most beautiful spiders I have ever encountered. And as you can see very Self-Defending.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Stunning spider!

sanmiggums
sanmiggums 7 years ago

Cook

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Karen and Rubens!

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 7 years ago

Nice!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Wonderful!

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thanks Thom and Atul!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

superb series !!

Thom
Thom 7 years ago

Nice spider!

FoTony
FoTony 7 years ago

Thank you Nuwan!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

beautiful spider!

Antoine Verfaille
Spotted by
Antoine Verfaille

Villar-Saint-Pancrace, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Jul 25, 2012
Submitted on Dec 18, 2012

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