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  Golden Orb-web Spider

 

Thailand

A Golden Orb-web Spider. This common name refers to the colour of the spider's silk, rather than to the colour of the spider itself. This species is renowned for the impressive webs it builds, which occasionally have zigzag patterns, called stabilimenta, weaved into them.

 

Though the function of these web decorations is unsure, they are believed to help attract prey, possibly by reflecting ultraviolet light. Due to the zigzag patterns, these spiders are sometimes referred to as writing spiders. It is similar to the less common Batik Golden Web Spider (fig.). See also List of Thai Insect Names.

 

  Golden Orb-web Spider