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Argiope picta

Fact Box
Species:
Argiope picta (RM)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 13 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
In a small orb web strung between shrubs
Toxicity:
May cause mild illness in humans
Argiope picta

The colouring and markings of this species are quite similar to those of Argiope keyserlingi but A. picta is a much less common species. The stabilimentum (thickened, serrated web) built into its web is not normally the complete X shape formed by Argiope keyserlingi.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Argiope keyserlingi and Argiope trifasciata.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 25 January 2008.