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Common Garden Orb Web Spider

Argiope australis


This spider was busy eating and the little male was taking advantage of that. Picture 3 has a small unknown spider on the bottom left side.


Streambank in savanna/woodland. Observed at Hyena Pool, Mlawula Nature Reserve.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Argiope anasuja
Argiope anasuja Argiope anasuja

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pamsai 5 years ago

thanks once again bayucca for your didlgent ID-ing !

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Great series.

pamsai 5 years ago

Yes bayucca, Kate has been confirming or ID-ing my spiders from Swaziland 2 years ago. Thanks Kate.

bayucca 5 years ago

Oh, nice to have an old ID being confirmed :-)

KateBraun 5 years ago

Identification as Argiope australis confirmed by Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman.

pamsai 7 years ago

thanks sunny. Yes the size difference is so great that one wonders if the whole of the male just pops inside to fertilise the female!!

sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Pam, you have clearly shown the size difference.. Lovely spotting.

pamsai 7 years ago

That's good Marcos, we are all agreed!

I think that definitely is an A. australis

pamsai 7 years ago

added a close up photo of the tiny male with the female...

pamsai 7 years ago

thanks bayucca...

bayucca 7 years ago

Argiope anasuja is an Argiope from the Indian subcontinent.

pamsai 7 years ago

Hi Marcos. Thank you so much for your participation..What do you think about Argiope australis? Both kate and bayucca seem to think it might be Argiope australis, and bayucca's links are quite convincing! What do you say?

You are welcome Kate! Greetings from Argentina.

Or Argiope anasuja

Wow! Magnifique spider. An specimen of the Argiope gender... Argiope lobata may be

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Lubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on May 11, 2014
Submitted on May 11, 2014

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