Leucauge festiva
(Masked Vlei Spider)

Picture ID 10494

Picture of Leucauge festiva (Masked Vlei Spider) - Dorsal

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It is only about an inch long and i think it is an orb weaver

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ItsyBitsy

Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 What a gorgeous spider! New to me but I may have found it already, it looks like ones I’m seeing IDed as Leucauge festiva. There are a few others in the genus I want to double check before making the page for it.

ItsyBitsy

The Basilica Orb-weaver, aka Mecynogea lemniscata ranges from USA to Argentina. There are no species of Mecynogea known from South Africa.
https://wsc.nmbe.ch/genus/351

Compare instead to Leucauge festiva: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/9085962?size=large

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Picture of Leucauge festiva (Masked Vlei Spider) - Lateral,Webs Enlarge Picture
Picture of Leucauge festiva (Masked Vlei Spider) - Lateral,Webs Enlarge Picture
Picture of Leucauge festiva (Masked Vlei Spider) - Lateral Enlarge Picture