Mecynogea lemniscata
(Basilica Orb-weaver)

Picture ID 96150

Picture of Mecynogea lemniscata (Basilica Orb-weaver) - Dorsal,Egg sacs,Webs

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Photo 3 Neriene radiata? This is an odd angle. This was a very acrobatic spider! Photo was taken at dusk. The egg sacks or stabilimentum (any decorative element in a web) are hard, solid, and dry. I took some apart, they seemed to be solid balls of silk and were hard to pull apart. The spiders curl their bodies around the exterior of the spheres. The spiders' bodies are mostly white. I think the sacs are just a place for the spiders to hide that is connected by silk to the larger web.

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