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Argiope trifasciata

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Species:
Argiope trifasciata (RM)
Previous species name:
None
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 16 mm
male: 6 mm
Habitat:
In small webs close to the ground; the female rests under a suspended web, its legs aligned with a white stabilimentum
Toxicity:
Unknown but has the potential to cause slow-healing bites; not aggressive to humans; prefers to escape than defend itself
Argiope trifasciata
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The underside
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Another female
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Its underside

This species builds its webs close to the ground in reeds or tall grass. Like other Argiope species it tends to occupy a stabilimentum in the centre of its web. Distinguishing features of this cosmopolitan spider are its yellow, white and black abdominal bands and its pattern of leg bands.

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


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 22 March 2009.