Habitat: India to the Philippines
Status: Not Listed
This impressive spider is a Spiny Orb-weaver (Gasteracantha diadesmia). These bizarre looking spiders can reach 30mm in length (from spike to spike) and are always very brightly colored.
While they may look deadly, they are actually harmless to humans. The reason for their nasty appearance is simply to intimidate predators. I’m assuming the vivid colors act as a warning that this arachnid wouldn’t be a very tasty meal and to stay. away.
I know I will!