Sunday, June 13, 2010

Orange Kite Spider

I have done a post about a Kite spider and its web before, but I recently came across this orange and white Kite Spider (Genus Gasteracantha). The Kite spider has a flattened, shiny and hard abdomen with spiny projections.

They are normally found in a symmetrical orb web in a tree. They are quite small, normally about 8mm, so most people would walk right by them without spotting them.

8 comments:

  1. GREAT photography...wow...wow...wow...!!

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  2. I'll have to give you this one, I have never seen a spider like this on this end of the globe. Good job!

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  3. It looks like a miniature sting ray or a crab. A most amazing spider. Great capture with the web.

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  4. Made a comment and it didn't go through ! so will try again !

    Wow - amazing spider! Been catching up with your photos - love your giraffe and the those lights are fantastic !

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  5. Beautiful. I have never seen one before and wonder if we will find them here in the Bosveld.

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  6. How wonderful it is to see more and more people posting bugs and creepy crawlies. :)

    Love this beauty Jonker. It has such lovely colours. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Excellent Jonker. Might be an idea for me to stop crawling on the ground. Need to walk upright and look for webs. I have not seen one of these kite spiders yet, so no pictures from me (yet).

    Lovely colours. How about one of the spider on your hand next time? Just for size reference purposes.

    I will just have to try harder to find a kite spider.

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