JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

Madagascar Spiny orb-weaver (Gasteracantha versicolor formosa) A very odd-looking spider hanging across a pond near Andasibe, Madagascar. I had to use the 500mm to "reach" it.  Andasibe,Gasteracantha versicolor,Madagascar,Spiders Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Madagascar Spiny orb-weaver (Gasteracantha versicolor formosa)

A very odd-looking spider hanging across a pond near Andasibe, Madagascar. I had to use the 500mm to "reach" it.

    comments (3)

  1. Wonderful and incredible spider, an even more incredible shot at 500mm! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire, it took several attempts because it was windy and the lens is quite heavy :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. I am sure it is!!
    I saw one of these, 2 feet from my nose and didnt get a decent shot!!!
    Posted 4 years ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

''Gasteracantha versicolor'', known as the long-winged kite spider, is a species of diurnal spiny orb-weaver of the family Araneidae. It is found in the tropics and sub-tropics, where it occurs in forests. It has an extensive range, from central, east and southern Africa to Madagascar.

The female is 8 to 10 mm long, with a large, glossy and brightly coloured abdomen, like others of their genus. The hardened abdomen projects over the cephalothorax and has six peripheral spines, with the.. more

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by WildFlower
View fchristant's profile

By fchristant

All rights reserved
Uploaded Dec 15, 2012. Captured Sep 3, 2012 15:52.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO1400
  • 500mm