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Garden Cross Spider

Argiope pulchella

Description:

Strikingly coloured abdomen and web has zig-zag stabilimenta. Spider rests holding legs in pairs so that it looks like an X.

Habitat:

An old residential house by the side of a pond and on the banks of a river. Lots of trees and vegetation all around.

Notes:

Looks a lot like Argiope keyserlingi of Australia. All credit for ID to Tukup!

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6 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Tukup you are MARVELLOUS....many, many thanks.

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

I thought I'd make one last stab at figuring this out. The picture for Argiope pulchella on Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_pu... is a dead ringer for your picture.

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Sounds like a plan :-)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

Thanks Tukup...I am foxed too..shall we wait for an expert to chip in?

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Yes. It does. I nearly put pulchella in as an ID suggestion until I noticed the "frost" color of aemula. I have no idea how to decide.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 months ago

@ Tukup...so it does but doesn't the pattern on eh abdomen match the species pulchella more.

Thanks for the link...it is fantastic..just what I need....I can see my weekend is going to be busy. :)

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Hi Sukanya. The frosted legs and front part of the spider look a lot like Argiope aemula https://spiderid.com/locations/india/

SukanyaDatta
Spotted by
SukanyaDatta

West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.18, Long: 88.12

Spotted on Mar 30, 2019
Submitted on Apr 2, 2019

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