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Argiope protensa

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Species:
Argiope protensa (RM)
Family:
Araneidae
formerly Argiopidae
Body length:
female: 11-15 mm
male: probably about 4 mm
Habitat:
This spider builds a small and rather fragile circularweb which is strung within stalks of tall grass or between leaves or branches of small shrubs. Like other Argiope species it builds a stabilimentum into its web but this is usually not the complete X shape and may sometimes be entirely absent.
Toxicity:
Not aggressive towards humans so probably harmless
Argiope protensa
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Egg sacs
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Another female
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Underside of female
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With dark bands
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Another egg sac
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Another female
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Unusual markings
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A juvenile

The colouring and markings of this species are quite different from those of the more common species, Argiope keyserlingi. The long, pointed abdomen is distinctive.

The egg sac resembles a small cup with a lid, as is true for Argiope extensa.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance:Argiope extensa.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 13 February, 2009.