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Subject: A spider look like pufferfish
Location: Australia 4405
May 23, 2017 4:30 pm
What spider is this, it look like pufferfish, I found that in Australia, I did ask people around, they never saw that before.
Signature: Sam

Jewel Spider from Australia

Dear Sam,
This stunning Spider is known as a Jewel Spider according to the Brisbane Insect site that states:  “Jewel Spiders are also known as Six Spined Spider, Christmas spiders and Spiny Spiders. They can be found in summer, around Christmas time in Brisbane. Their abdomen has bright yellow and white patterns on black back ground. There are six spines on their back.”  According to Atlas of Living Australia, it is widely distributed around Australia and its scientific name is
Austracantha minax.  According to  “This species occurs throughout most of Australia in shrubby woodlands. It is Recorded from all states and territories, in coastal an inland areass. It builds a circular web between shrubs, sometimes this is reduced to a few supporting strands. Black spines around the abdomen and distinctive yellow, white and black markings make this spider easy to identify. Bite mildly painful, temporary local reaction. ♀ 8mm ♂ 5mm.”

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Subject: Weird spider!
Location: Dawsonville, GA
April 30, 2017 6:47 pm
Who is this dude? Dawsonville, Ga.
Signature: Heather Tierney

Humpbacked Orbweaver

Dear Heather,
This is one of the Orbweavers in the family Araneidae, and it has rather distinctive markings, so we decidedc to try to make a species identification.  That is sometimes a challenge with Orbweavers because sometimes several species look very similar, but even more challenging is that sometimes one species will have multiple color and marking variations.  We found a very close match on BugGuide that is identified as a Humpbacked Orbweaver,
Austala anastera, and BugGuide does indicate:  “anastera has 6 basic patterns” and most of the submitted images look nothing like your spider.

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Subject: A spider I’ve never seen before
Location: Uruguay
March 25, 2017 6:03 am
I took this picture yesterday at my place, nobody here seems to know what kind of spider it is.
Signature: Luchi

Silver Argiope

Dear Luchi,
This harmless Orbweaver is a Silver Argiope,
Argiope argentata, a species that ranges from North America, through Central America and into South America.

I thought I’d never get an answer, this is so cool!
Though we were pretty scared we did not disturb her (is it her?) because she probably stays here taking care of other annoying bugs.
Thank you so much!

Yes, a female.  Male Orbweavers are usually considerably smaller than females.

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Subject: John alexander salazar
Location: sur america-Colombia-cali-univalle
March 4, 2017 4:48 pm
hello mr.bugman, I have a question about a species of pehila found in my university, I know that in my university there are nephilas clavipes, but I would love it if I could get out of doubts about this species.
Signature: Nothing special

Golden Silk Spider

Dear John alexander,
The detail in your image is not ideal for species identification, but it is our understanding that the only native Golden Silk Spiders in the New World are all
Nephila clavipes.

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Subject: Nephila madagascarenis
Location: South-East Madagascar
March 1, 2017 4:36 pm
Came across this site while researching, couldn’t help but notice you were missing the Madagascan Golden Orb Weaver. I went to Madagascar last year and I was lucky enough to see a few of these beauties. Nephila is my favourite genus of spider and being from the UK, I don’t have any native to my area, so I was looking forward to seeing this, even more so than the lemurs! Please enjoy this snap, apologies for not so great picture quality.
Signature: Su

Golden Silk Spider

Dear Su,
Thanks so much for providing your image of a Golden Silk Spider in the genus Nephila from Madagascar.

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Subject: Identification Request
Location: East Africa
January 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
IMG 1515b in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Banded-Legged Golden Orb Web Spider

Dear Tom,
Based on an image posted to Africa Wild, we are confident that this is a Banded-Legged Golden Orb Web Spider,
Nephila senegalensis annulata.  There are also images posted to iSpot.  In the past week, we have made six identifications for you and it is quite curious that we have yet to hear back with your appreciation of our research.

Hello Daniel,
Apologies for not replying earlier, I have been away travelling with no access to internet and so this was a wonderful surprise to find on my return!
Thank-you very much for identifying these insects. There were many others of interest during my time in East Africa, and I only wish I had my camera with me more often. However, it has served to develop my interest and so I am more observant these days with what I find around me wherever I am in the world. And knowing the correct species ameks a world of difference to conducting further research and learning more about these fascinating creatures.
I have been enjoying browsing your website and think you offer a fantastic service, so I hope you enjoy the identification process too as you help people like me.
Did you manage to identify the last individual (attached)? It too was quite spectacular! (seen in Arusha, Tanzania late 2008)
Kind regards,

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