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Guide to the Spiders of a Wildlife Reserve in Baixo Alentejo

All Photographs were taken by the website author on the reserve unless otherwise stated.

Species Notes Photographs Photographs Photographs

Banded Garden Spider

Argiope trifasciata

 

Female Blue Emperor caught in web of Banded Garden Spider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lobed Argiope

Argiope lobata

 

Lobed Argiope spider with its Wasp prey wrapped in silk.

Lobed Argiope spider with its Wasp prey wrapped in silk.

An Orb-Web Spider. Probably a Lobed Argiope (Argiope lobata). Just below the spider is a zig-zag-shaped silk decoration known as a stabilimentum. This is highly characteristic to this genus of spiders. The function of the stabilimentum is much debated, but so far remains unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumping Spider Sp.

Menemerus semilimbatus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crab Spider Sp.

 

Crab Spider on Star of Bethlehem flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wolf Spider Sp.

 

Wolf Spider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpion Species.

 

Scorpion (just before release):.

 

 

 

Spider Species List :

English Name Scientific Name Portuguese Name
1 Banded Garden Spider Argiope trifasciata  
2 Lobed Argiope Argiope lobata  
3 Jumping Spider Sp. Menemerus semilimbatus  
4 Crab Spider Sp.    
5 Wolf Spider Sp.    

 

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