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Orb-weaver Spider

Neoscona theisi


Araneidae; Neoscona; N. theisi Walckenaer, 1841. This spider was at the centre of a large web constructed on the trellis supporting tomato plants. Its web was quite vertical and the spider was resting in the normal head-down orientation. I really wanted to get a ventral photo, but the trellis and the plants did not allow a view from the other side. According to Wikipedia, individuals within the species vary in colouration. The World Spider Catalog confirms the presence of this species in Philippines.


I spotted this spider in our vegetable plot in the early evening just as it was becoming dark. Its web was on the trellis supporting tomato plants.


Good pictures of male and female specimens -

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 17, 2019
Submitted on Jul 13, 2022

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