Subject: Spider in Cape Verde
Location: Boa Vista, Cape Verde
October 13, 2014 6:22 am
Hi i saw this spider earlier on a palm tree in Boa Vista, Cape Verde. It has been still in its web all morning. Can you please tell me what it is and if it is dangerous.
This is a harmless Orbweaver in the genus Argiope, and though they might bite, the bite is not considered to be dangerous. As you observed, Orbweavers rarely leave their webs. Your individual might be Argiope sector which according to SpiderzRule, “is quite common in Northern Africa.”