Signature spider - the Picasso among spiders

Signature spider - the Picasso among spiders
Signature Spider (Argiope anasuja)Ajay Jandial

"The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." - Pablo Picasso

The signature spider is a species of harmless orb-weaver spiders found in India.

It weaves its web in places where there is less human footfall, preferably a foot or more above the ground so that it is not damaged by a passing animal.

It is the Picasso among spiders and after it has built its web it signs its work of art with a zig-zag silk structure in a design resembling the 4 arms of the alphabet X making sure to leave an open space at the intersection. Here it will rest itself head downwards aligning its legs along its X sign waiting for the unsuspecting insect that mistakes it to be a flower only to be caught in its web!

Being a male in the spider world is not easy! The female of the species is considerably larger than the male who builds a companion web besides the female's web. After mating the female will kill the male and then lay her eggs onto the companion web and wrap them up into a sac. Spiderlings eat each other in the sac until the strongest spiderlings break the sac wall.

Ajay Jandial, Kahun Road, Pune, India

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