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Green weaver spider with Web

Argiope sp.


Spotted this web architecture (a classic zig-zag Stabilimenta). The purpose of the stabilimentum is still a mystery as many theories are there. It is possible that it acts as camouflage for the spider lurking in the web's center, but it may also attract insect prey, or even warn birds of the presence of the web. Only those spiders that are active during the day construct stabilimenta in their webs.


To construct the web, several radial lines are stretched among four or five anchor points that can be more than three feet apart. The radial lines meet at a central point. The spider makes a frame with several more radial lines and then fills the center with a spiral of silk, leaving a 5/16 to 3/8 inches (8 to 9.5 mm) gap between the spiral rings, starting with the innermost ring and moving outward in a clockwise motion. To ensure that the web is taut, the spider bends the radial lines slightly together while applying the silk spiral. The female's web is substantially larger than the male's, who builds a small zigzag web nearby. The spider occupies the center of the web, usually hanging head-down, waiting for prey to become ensnared in the web.

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35 Comments (1–25)

ChunXingWong 7 years ago

It looks very similar to Argiope chloreis.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 8 years ago

Was out angling in interior Nepal, so missed out. Congrats Adarsha, anyway!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you Arun :)

Roy Arun
Roy Arun 8 years ago

wonderful spotting...:)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you so much everyone for lovely comments...:)

marl.villemure 8 years ago

I really don't like spiders but your photo is amazing!!!

RiekoS 8 years ago

Congratulation! Really nice one.

Great find Adarsha,beautiful spotting,congrats on the very well deserved SOTD and thangs for sharing

medusasnakes123 8 years ago

Great work on the SOTD!!!!!!

Ingrid3 8 years ago

What an amazing sighting! excellent images.

Sew 8 years ago

Congratz Adi.....well deserved..

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 8 years ago

Congratulations Adi!!!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you Daniele and Carol.

@ Mark : Well, in Chennai, one more reason is there.. they don't celebrate because of Jailalitha's case..But yes, when it comes to nature, fireworks should be banned.. :)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Congrats Adi!

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Well good on them for doing that. In Chennai it was all about the thousands of people who needed hospital treatment. :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you so much James, Ashutosh, Dilan, Mark and Twinno :)
@ Mark : thank you for lovely wish. Fireworks not completely banned, but young people are protesting for the sake of environment :)

Thanks to carol and Leana :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Congrats on this brilliant mandala Adarsha.. and have a fabulous Diwali. Have they banned fireworks in your area? (like they have in Chennai.. grrr)

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations Adi!!So beautiful series!!(Wish you a happy deepavali festival!!!)

Hey Congrats buddy ! Well deserved SOTD ! Yay Wy to go ! (Y) !

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting!and congrats! :)

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Congrats on SOTD, wonderful image and I love the way the spider stands out on the web. Great job!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Thank you so much Yasser..i am very happie for the honor...:)

thank you so much Nuwan, Luis, Magazhu...:)
Yes bhagi,,,it's a great Deepavali festival gift..
Happiee deepavali to everyone :) Thank you so much Noah for this amazing gift :)

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Congrats Adarsha in your great SOTD!

Adarsha B S
Spotted by
Adarsha B S

Ganganakoppa, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Oct 10, 2014
Submitted on Oct 21, 2014

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