》Signature Spider (female)
Argiope versicolor (female) ●These spiders make certain zig-zag pattern on web therefore also known as writer or signature spider. ●When they have the web built, they line up their legs with the white strips of zig zaging silk. The centre of the web is hollow and this is where the spider sits. They group their legs together to appear as a four legged creature but also for another reason. When their legs are together, their hairs on their legs intertwine and act as a sun reflector along with the bright white X in its web. They do this because they know bright colours attract insects such as bees and wasps. Their legs reflect the sun and with their brightly coloured body they fool the insects into thinking they are flowers. ●The male is much smaller than the female. After mating, the female kills the male. The male spider spins a web alongside the females web, known as the companion web. The female lays her eggs onto this companion web and wraps them up into a sac. This sac can hold from 400 to 1,400 eggs inside. The eggs hatch in autumn, but they remain locked inside until spring. The young spiders in the sac are cannibals, and they eat each other to stay alive — until they are strong enough to break through the sac walls. ●Signature spiders are able to eat an insect twice its size, and this is all they eat.
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