Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Argiope lobata

    Family - Araneidae
    Genus - Argiope
    Male - 6mm / Female - upto 25mm
    Known as the Lobed Argiope.
    Quite a large Orb Weaving Spider found all over Africa and stretching
    to Southern Europe and into Asia.
    Distinctive zig-zag pattern/ ribboning (stabilimenta) emanating from the centre
    of the Orb Web, thought to be a disguise from predators by camouflaging the
    Spider or making it appear larger.
    A relative of the UK's Wasp Spider - Argiope bruennichi.
    Many thanks to Nick Loebner, who very kindly sent me these great
    Photographs and recording information.
    Les Marines, Barcares Grande Plage.
    Near Perpignan, Southern France.
    Photographs by Nick Loebner.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.