Argiope savignyi

Argiope savignyi

''Argiope savignyi'' is a species of orb-weaving spider that occurs from Mexico to Bolivia.
It was observed to capture and feed on the proboscis bat ''Rhynchonycteris naso'' in Costa Rica, totally encasing the bat in silk during the course of a day.

''A. savignyi'' sometimes spins a silk disc, sometimes a cruciate pattern, and sometimes combines both types.

The species is named after French zoologist Marie Jules César Savigny, in whose volumes the name ''Argiope'' was first published in 1825.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassArachnida
OrderAraneae
FamilyAraneidae
GenusArgiope
SpeciesA. savignyi
Photographed in
Colombia