Cross Spider, web stabilimenta and exuvia- Argiope doleschalli juv ♀

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    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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    kharizman, Shamsul Hidayat Omar, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. chan_ziyang 50 months ago | reply

      Can you send me the mature picture. The glossy cephalothorax reminded me of Argiope reinwardti (Doleschall)

    2. PF T.J. 50 months ago | reply

      Zi yang Chan Sure thing man :) I've no idea what this spider is, have to run some analyses

    3. chan_ziyang 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks! I don't think there will be any match either. Try the "hybrid" one we caught, that will be very interesting indeed.

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