Argiope trifasciata

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Argiope trifasciata. [image N. Larsen ]


Argiope fasciata (15-18/25mm body length) has a finely banded abdomen with thin brown, yellow and silvery-white bands. The body is covered with tiny silvery setae (hairs) that point towards the head of the spider resulting in the shedding of rain as spiders always rest head downwards. It may even satisfy the spiders' water requirements. The tiny male only measures 4-5mm and is usually over looked.  

A cosmopolitan species (worldwide distribution) it can be found resting head down on its vertical web amongst the grasses over most of southern Africa extending northwards through Africa. It is absent only from Europe.


Text by Norman Larsen .

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