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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.

2 Species ID Suggestions

ChrisGrassel 12 years ago
Looks like a varation of the Golden silk orb-weaver
Genus Nephila Golden silk orb-weaver
Argiope argentata

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JungleLoveMamasita 12 years ago

Thank you, Atul, but what is the common name and what is the scientific name? Sorry still unsure.

Atul 12 years ago

its an Argiope, signature Spider

JungleLoveMamasita 12 years ago

Is Golden Silk Orb Weaver the common name? Then it is either a Genus Nephila or an Argiope argentata? I think it is a Golden Silk Orb Weaver from the Argiope argentata family.

If anyone knows please let me know.

Thank you.

Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Aug 12, 2011
Submitted on Sep 13, 2011

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