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Reddish-Orange Tent Spider- Cyrtophora sp. ♀ | by PF T.J.
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Reddish-Orange Tent Spider- Cyrtophora sp. ♀

Found this beauty in a park, not sure whether its a red morph of the Cyrtophora cylindroides/ moluccensis, or a different species altogether, have to run some tests to find out.


Tent Spiders are always difficult to photograph since they will ALWAYS hang upside down (almost broke my neck taking this shot @@). This is probably because the more vibrant colours of the abdomen was meant to fool ground-dwelling insects to think that there it is a flower (=food), luring and eventually trapping them on the spider's 3-dimensional web eventually. If the spider is upright, the striking abdomen will definitely attract unwanted attraction.


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Taken on January 2, 2015