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VeldTalk: Spiders

VeldTalk is fortunate to know many experts and when Anthony from Hills and Dales found an interesting spider in the garden waiting expectantly for its lunch to arrive, we contacted the Conservancy’s Spider Lady, Astri Leroy.  “What’s this handsome creature?  A quick look in the Spider Book of Southern Africa seemed to indicate that it was an Argiope aurocinta or Argiope australis, but the stripes look different,” we wrote to Astri.  “But then, we humans also vary our stripes, don't we?” 


“Not this one!” responded Astri.  “This is a big fat beautiful adult Nephila senegalensis - one of the golden orb-web spiders.  Not the same family as Argiope.”

Patricia Clamp from HennopsRiver also wanted info on an intriguing spider she’d found.  “Yours was the Argiope australis which had Anthony flummoxed,” said Astri.  “It’s an adult female common garden orb web spider.”

Mercia Komen from Doornrandje spotted a “magnificent spider” in her garden one morning and sent the pic to Astri for identification.  “She’s gorgeous!” said Astri.  “One of the so-called garden spiders - the banded garden spider (Argiope nigrovittata).  I reckon she is good enough to wear as a piece of jewellery!!” 


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