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Picture ID 192210

Picture of unidentified spider

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Found next to what is believed to be an African Argiope (see separate upload prior to this post). Could this be an egg sac?

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  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2023
  • Photographed: Nov 15, 2023
  • Spider: Insects
  • Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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That is an interesting looking thing but I have no idea what it is. I can’t find nay pictures of the egg sacs of A levii or flavipalpis but there’s lots of pics of the egg sacs of others in the family. And none look anything like that. I don’t think it is the egg sac of a spider. There’s generally a lot of silk involved.


You are really lucky to have them. We have nothing that beautiful in Ireland where I come from. I scoured the internet looking to see if I could figure out what this is – the best I can come up with is the egg case -or ootheca – of a praying mantis or some related insect – I could not find any pictures of African species so here is an American one


It looks to be a sort of mantis oothica (egg cae) dosnt look like it has hatched yet.


It’s interesting. I’ll file it under Insects. While I was searching it a found another website link for my collection. I save links to attempts to catalogue all known species of a type or of a place. This one is a catalog of known marine species of all kinds.


I used to be more into marine animal life but not very active the last decade.
I’ll add this link to my research profile. Thanks.
Reason I spotted the oothica is back in the 60s I found one and kept it indoors.
A mistake learned the hard way. Hundreds of mantis hatchlings in my room and out of season.


Oh Lordy. 🙂

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