Lazy spider

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Lazy spider
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Recently I came across a garden banded spiders Argiope trifasciata. It's a relatively common spider, but I somehow have not had good luck with it, and have not seen them often.

Top (dorsal) side.

Bottom (ventral) size.

The spider does two characteristic things, both of which can be seen in the second picture:

1. When sitting in the web, it keeps the pairs of its legs together looking like a four arm star.

2. In the web it creates zig-zag structures made of thick silk, so called stabilimenta. This spider did not do a good job with them; you can see a "sort of" stabilimentum below the spider, but it's far from the beautiful structures resembling lace that those spiders are capable of doing. Well, I got a lazy spider, but it's better than nothing!

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