The brilliantly coloured
spider with silvery hair on the carapace sits head down in the centre of
the web, and holds its legs in pairs in such a way that they appear to be
aligned to the four arms of the letter 'X'. The males are dull in colour
and like the females, have the habit of pairing their legs. Their webs are,
however, decorated by a lace-like centre, instead of white bands in the
shape of the letter 'X'.
many other Argiope spiders, the abdomen is oval. Argiope spiders make
webs which are suspended vertically 1-2 metres from the ground, the
web of mature female spiders of this genus can be easily recognised
by the X-shaped zigzag bands of white silk in the centre of the web.
Classification: Family Araneidae,
Habitat: Low shrubs beside hiking
trails at the fringe of primary and secondary forests.
Female: 25-30 mm.
Male: 5-8 mm.
Distribution: Singapore, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Thailand , the Philippines, Brunei (new record), Papua
New Guinea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Taiwan, China, Southern Japan,
web of Argiope pulchella