Subject: Identification Request
Location: East Africa
January 19, 2017 7:28 pm
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 🙂
IMG 1515b in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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.
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)