Orb weaver spiders

From the back yard, seen while mowing the lawn today: Argiope Appensa (common Hawaiian orb weaver) male and female. The male has moved in with his female. Unlike with the black widows, the male seems to be in no particular danger here.

Note the extreme gender size dimorphism. Also note the orb spider's typical zigzag web decoration, the stabilimentum. Artsy critters, spiders.

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