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Signature Spider

Argiope Sp.


The very easily visible pattern of banded silk made by Argiope is pure white, and some species make an "X" form, or a zigzag type of web (often with a hollow centre). The spider then aligns one pair of its legs with each of the four lines in the hollow "X", making a complete "X" of white lines with a very eye-catching spider coloured bright yellow on a field of black or variegated red white and yellow stripes forming its centre. The white patterns are called stabilimentum and reflect UV light. They have been shown to play a role in attracting prey to the web, and possibly to prevent its destruction by large animals.


Seen near Kanha National Park.

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Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

Thanks Sachindra!

SachindraUmesh 5 years ago

wow!! love the colors!!!

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Madhya Pradesh, India

Lat: 22.24, Long: 80.63

Spotted on Oct 18, 2013
Submitted on Mar 26, 2014

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