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Cross Spider, web stabilimenta and exuvia- Argiope doleschalli  juv ♀ | by PF T.J.
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Cross Spider, web stabilimenta and exuvia- Argiope doleschalli juv ♀

Not your average Cross Spider. This one (juvenile) doesn't have a hairy thorax like most of the common Argiope; instead it is glossy and reflective.

 

When adult, the abdomen is becomes very pentagonal with alternating, beautiful yellow-silver bands.

 

Note the continuous cross-shape web stabilimenta which is again different from the usual, "separate" ones. Still, many Argiope spiders build this type of continuous stabilimenta at certain wind conditions. Note also the remaining exuvia (shell) above the spider.

 

Beautiful spider ^___^

 

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Taken on October 3, 2014