How beautiful is this spider? My man took this photo in the Valley of 1000 hills and the photo below is from OutdoorPhoto.

It’s unusual shape has earned it the name “Kite Spider”.

The following excerpt is taken from BioDiversityExplorer

Gasteracanthus (kite spiders)

Kite spiders are diurnal orb-web spiders. Species occur mainly in the tropics and sub-tropics, with four species in South Africa. The spider is small, 8-10 mm, brightly coloured in shades of cream, yellow, red and black. The adbomen is sclerotised (porcelain-like) with four lateral and two posterior spines, the second pair longest and the first shortest.



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