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Yellow garden spider (Argiope appensa)

Yellow garden spider (Argiope appensa) is a species of spider in Araneidae that lives on the coast to forests on islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Black and yellow females are striking and have a length of 5.1-6.4 cm including long legs, while males are brown and have a length of about 1.9 cm.

A. appensa lives on cliffs in the hills at 600 m above sea level in Kewu plain to rice fields in the lowlands. They make nests at a height of 1.5 meters from the ground between teak (Tectona grandis), sonokeling (Dalbergia latifolia), sonosiso (Dalbergia sissoo), crown flower (Calotropis gigantea) and various grasses.

Dlium Yellow garden spider (Argiope appensa)

Yellow garden spiders grow in large sizes, but are not toxic to humans. Advanced builds ball-shaped nets and most of them make stabilizers which are zigzag-shaped lines in nets made of thicker bands.

This species spends more time in stationary and sits in the middle of the net with its head down to wait for insects to be entangled in fine silk thread. Unlike other spider species that prefer solitary life, A. appensa can live proudly with their colleagues.



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Argiope
Species: A. appensa

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