Banded Argiope (Argiope trifasciata)

This female spider of this species reach the size of 2.5cm and males begin at the length of only 6mm.  The web is approximately 60cm in diameter and is built vertically amongst vegetation.  The species was first recorded in Gozo in 2003 and has since spread to Malta and Gozo with annual sightings. The spider makes a 'signature' in its web with a sort of zigzag.

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