Spiny Orbweaver from Thailand

Cool looking Bug!
Location: Chang Mai, Thailand
December 1, 2011 5:11 am
Found this crazy bug in Chang Mai, Thailand in May this year.
Signature: Mike S

Spiny Orbweaver

Dear Mike,
Your bug is actually a Spider known as a Spiny Orbweaver.  We believe we have correctly identified it as
Gasteracantha arcuata on FlickRiver.  There are also some nice images on the PhotoMalaysia website.  It is believed that the spines discourage birds and other predators from trying to eat Spiny Orbweavers.

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