Friday, April 22, 2011

tiger spider

Tiger spider
I captured this shot from kerala forest on 15,12,2010 (kulathupuzha range)
The common name of this beautiful spider is Wasp Spider(tiger spider). This spider is, like all orb-weavers, not poisonous for us. The adult female has a shining silvery cephalothorax (head) and a yellowish abdomen with black and white bars across it.
The adult female is much larger than the male. The male measures between 4 and 6 mm while the female has a full grown size between 14 - 17 mm. When the female is loaded with eggs she can become enormous in size..