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Spider for ID please:: Solved Male Argiope lobata .

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« on: August 22, 2017, 12:27 PM »
Hi all,

We - my wife and I - were down in Tarifa at the weekend and my wife took a picture of Argiope lobata and another spider alongside of it, can anyone id this for us. Unluckily for it the Argiope ate it a few seconds later hence the only photo of it.

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 21:48 PM »
Is it the male?... They are incredibly much smaller than the females and look nothing like them....
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 00:30 AM »
Clive,

I have looked all over the net following your suggestion, but have come up with nothing except the male of this species is small (body length 6 - 8 mm) but the female is large and spectacular at up to 25 mm in length.
My Spider id book only covers the Northern part of Europe so I will just have to keep trawling the net for answers or better still a photo.

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 10:02 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 14:19 PM »
Clive,

I too have searched this site and a few more besides, but still no definite clear picture of the male. The only thing I found was the description as follows::
Male 5 to 7.5 mm.
Abdomen without lobes. Colour black with two orange-brown wavy length bands.
Carapace silver with two dark longitudinal bands.
Legs to light brown with unclear dark annulations.
Palps yellow to light brown with dark tarsi.

Still searching..

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 16:57 PM »
I got this shot of a female with 2 suitors. She had more lurking further away. Think you have to keep searching for ID.

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Petrea

PS: got the full story here:

https://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php?topic=3513.msg26643#msg26643

« Last Edit: August 24, 2017, 17:04 PM by Petrea »
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2017, 22:35 PM »
Petra,
Thanks for that, Yes, it´s just a matter of time I suppose..

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 13:02 PM »
Hi All,

I have just had an email from a friend in the UK and he states this is the male of the species.

Thanks all for help.

Regards

Syd

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2017, 13:36 PM »
Thought it was the male :) :)
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2017, 18:36 PM »
Sorry, I don´t believe your friend. Googling A. lobata male, you get a lot of photos of critters like the ones trying their luck on thiis photo.
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« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2017, 18:41 PM »
Oh dear... Back to the drawing board????  :)
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