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Multi-colored spider. Has purple, orange-yellowish strips on its legs, beige body, crown shaped purplish black and red dotted bottom, has 8 legs in groups of two, and has two 1/2" fangs.
Found in the tropics of Costa Rica. lowland area close to the beach.
One morning while I was taking pictures of butterflies landing on the flowers outside my friend's home, I came within a few inches of walking into this spiders web. Luckily it was at face height and was able to see it before this happened. Someone I showed the picture to said these spiders are not venomous, but I forgot to ask her what was the species name.
Spotted on Aug 12, 2011
Submitted on Sep 13, 2011