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Araneus praesignis (L. Koch, 1872) Alien Butt Spider

This pretty spider builds a small orb web in green shrubs at night, during the day hides in a retreat formed by binding a curved green leaf with silk. This retreat is probably also used for rearing young from eggs. The body length of the adult female up to 8 mm, male about 6 mm.

Female 240308 from above


Araneus praesignus
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female 240308 from above with retreat silk


Araneus praesignus
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female from Wynnum


Body length about 7mm. A large, pregnant looking female.

Araneus praesignus
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male subadult from above


Araenus praesignis male
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male 101509 sexually mature


Araneus praesignus
Photo: Robert Whyte

Male 101509 sexually mature


Araneus praesignus
Photo: Robert Whyte

Mature male from above on leaf


Araenus praesignis male
Photo: Robert Whyte

Mature male from above on leaf closer


Spider > Salticidae > Zenodorus orbiculatus (Salticid Ant Eater)
Photo: Robert Whyte

Mature male from above on leaf closeup of palps


Araneus praesignis male
Photo: Robert Whyte

Female 141010 in alcohol


Araneus praesignis
Photo: Robert Whyte


Araneus praesignis

Female 141110, underneath


Araneus praesignis
Photo: Robert Whyte

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