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Mirror spider - side view, Andasibe, Madagascar My first mirror spider! (Genus: Thwaitesia. I only once saw these online from a famous macro photographer from Singapore. They are much smaller than I expected and quite tricky to get entirely into focus. <br />
<br />
They are called mirror spiders due to the reflective plates on their abdomen. This one surely is in the genus Thwaitesia. Some candidates known to occur in Madagascar:<br />
<br />
- Thwaitesia argenteosquamata (Lenz, 1891) (Madagascar)<br />
- Thwaitesia pulcherrima Butler, 1882 (Madagascar)<br />
<br />
Not certain of the species yet, documentation is very limited.<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86557/mirror_spider_-_front_andasibe_madagascar.html" title="Mirror spider - front, Andasibe, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/86557_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=f%2FDt6r64Z9fpagFVOy9SmrzR3X4%3D" width="200" height="200" alt="Mirror spider - front, Andasibe, Madagascar My first mirror spider! (Genus: Thwaitesia. I only once saw these online from a famous macro photographer from Singapore. They are much smaller than I expected and quite tricky to get entirely into focus. <br />
<br />
They are called mirror spiders due to the reflective plates on their abdomen. This one surely is in the genus Thwaitesia. Some candidates known to occur in Madagascar:<br />
<br />
- Thwaitesia argenteosquamata (Lenz, 1891) (Madagascar)<br />
- Thwaitesia pulcherrima Butler, 1882 (Madagascar)<br />
<br />
Not certain of the species yet, documentation is very limited.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86558/mirror_spider_-_closeup_andasibe_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86559/mirror_spider_-_side_view_andasibe_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86558/mirror_spider_-_closeup_andasibe_madagascar.html" title="Mirror spider - closeup, Andasibe, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/86558_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=rDRko483KAf5HLx7VjVdQkAIxd4%3D" width="116" height="152" alt="Mirror spider - closeup, Andasibe, Madagascar My first mirror spider! (Genus: Thwaitesia. I only once saw these online from a famous macro photographer from Singapore. They are much smaller than I expected and quite tricky to get entirely into focus. <br />
<br />
They are called mirror spiders due to the reflective plates on their abdomen. This one surely is in the genus Thwaitesia. Some candidates known to occur in Madagascar:<br />
<br />
- Thwaitesia argenteosquamata (Lenz, 1891) (Madagascar)<br />
- Thwaitesia pulcherrima Butler, 1882 (Madagascar)<br />
<br />
Not certain of the species yet, documentation is very limited.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86557/mirror_spider_-_front_andasibe_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86559/mirror_spider_-_side_view_andasibe_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Christant Path,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World" /></a></figure> Africa,Andasibe,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Mirror spider - side view, Andasibe, Madagascar

My first mirror spider! (Genus: Thwaitesia. I only once saw these online from a famous macro photographer from Singapore. They are much smaller than I expected and quite tricky to get entirely into focus.

They are called mirror spiders due to the reflective plates on their abdomen. This one surely is in the genus Thwaitesia. Some candidates known to occur in Madagascar:

- Thwaitesia argenteosquamata (Lenz, 1891) (Madagascar)
- Thwaitesia pulcherrima Butler, 1882 (Madagascar)

Not certain of the species yet, documentation is very limited.

Mirror spider - front, Andasibe, Madagascar My first mirror spider! (Genus: Thwaitesia. I only once saw these online from a famous macro photographer from Singapore. They are much smaller than I expected and quite tricky to get entirely into focus. <br />
<br />
They are called mirror spiders due to the reflective plates on their abdomen. This one surely is in the genus Thwaitesia. Some candidates known to occur in Madagascar:<br />
<br />
- Thwaitesia argenteosquamata (Lenz, 1891) (Madagascar)<br />
- Thwaitesia pulcherrima Butler, 1882 (Madagascar)<br />
<br />
Not certain of the species yet, documentation is very limited.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86558/mirror_spider_-_closeup_andasibe_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86559/mirror_spider_-_side_view_andasibe_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World

Mirror spider - closeup, Andasibe, Madagascar My first mirror spider! (Genus: Thwaitesia. I only once saw these online from a famous macro photographer from Singapore. They are much smaller than I expected and quite tricky to get entirely into focus. <br />
<br />
They are called mirror spiders due to the reflective plates on their abdomen. This one surely is in the genus Thwaitesia. Some candidates known to occur in Madagascar:<br />
<br />
- Thwaitesia argenteosquamata (Lenz, 1891) (Madagascar)<br />
- Thwaitesia pulcherrima Butler, 1882 (Madagascar)<br />
<br />
Not certain of the species yet, documentation is very limited.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86557/mirror_spider_-_front_andasibe_madagascar.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86559/mirror_spider_-_side_view_andasibe_madagascar.html Africa,Andasibe,Christant Path,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World

    comments (7)

  1. Yes! This is the one I was remembering from your travel blog. Love it! It's so amazing! Congrats :). Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks! Took me 30 mins to find anything as I thought they were called "jewel spiders". That was wrong. Then I tried "diamond spider", "triangle spider" and countless variations to just get one picture to look like this. So yeah, mirror spider :) Posted one month ago
      1. Well, it's a lovely mirror spider :) Posted one month ago
  2. A jewel! Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted one month ago
  3. Happy for you that you found one in Madagascar.
    They are challenge to get good shots of. Did you try to get much closer shot or super macro to showcase the 'mirrored abdomen'?
    Posted one month ago
    1. The current shot you see is as close as I could get and is already a crop :)
      Indeed hard to capture, and I was under time pressure.
      Posted one month ago

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Uploaded Nov 15, 2019. Captured Jul 19, 2019 13:20 in Unnamed Road, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/13.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm