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Little Red Riding Hood (Argyrodes miniaceus)

Normf

Emerald Beach, Australia

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Found these guys in the web of a Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila plumipes). At first I thought they may have been males (which are considerably smaller than the large female owner of the web) but eventually found a male still trying to court the female (see photo below). It turns out that these “dewdrop” spiders, with the abdomen a sharp peak and the tendency of the larger legs to be pointed forwards when the spider is at rest, is characteristic of Argyrodes species, including this one. It is also normal for this kind of spider to scavenge on the edge of the webs of large orb-weaving spider species (as these were).
Emerald Beach, NSW, Australia.
517 Viewings at Jan 2010!

Featured in:
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Canon EOS 40D
Lens EOS 100mm Macro
Shutter Speed 1/50
Aperture Value 2.8
ISO Speed 800
Spot metering – Tripod

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Male Golden Orb Weaver

Hanging in Groups

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