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Malaysia 2009 S#1274-1277 Stamp Week - Arachnid complete set. Mint Never Hinged (MNH). Post Office fresh in excellent condition!
Topic name: stamp week, animal, arachnid, spider
This complete set features Fighting Spider (Thiania bhamoensis), Curved Spiny Spider (Gasteracantha arcuata), St Andrewâs Cross Spider (Argiope versicolor), Golden Orb-web Spider (Nephila maculata).
Arachinids are the class of animals from the Artropods (animals with jointed limbs) characterized by the possession of four pairs of legs and two major body regions -- the cephalothorax and the abdomen. In this class are the scorpions, piders, ticks and mites.
The males of Fighting Spider readily fight each other and therefore their name. Children especially are familiar with the pastime of keeping these spiders in matchboxes and enjoying fighting bouts between two males. This spider build a nest, often in the spider lily plant, by binding two leaves together with vertical strands of silk, perpendicular to the leaf surfaces. This spider is not an active hunter, but tends to remain in wait near the nest for the prey to stray within leaping distance.
Spiders of the Gasteracantha genus build vertical orb-webs with an open hub which are easily recognised. They have a hard, flat body armed with three pairs of spines on the edge of the abdomen. They have eight eyes arranged in horizontal rows of four eyes each. The males are generally much smaller than the females and commonly lack the showy coloring of their fairer sex. They often spin their own similiar orb web near an outlying portion of the female's.
St Andrewâs Cross Spiders make webs which are suspended vertically 1-2 metres from the ground, in sunny parts of the forest. The web of mature female spiders can be easily recognized by the X-shaped zigzag bands of white silk in the centre of the web. This brilliantly coloured spider with silvery hair on the carapace sits head down in the centre of the web, and holds its legs in pairs in such a way that they appear to be aligned to the four arms of the letter âX? The males are dull in color. Their webs are, however, decorated by a lace-like centre, instead of white bands in the shape of the letter âX?
The Golden Orb Web Spider is not the largest spider, but makes the largest and strongest web. It gets its name from the golden colour of its silk.Its web is not dismantled often and can last several years. This spider is commonly found in primary and secondary forests and gardens. Females are larger and grow to a body size of 30-50mm, while males growing to 5-6mm. Sometimes the main orb-web of this spider is protected by barrier webs on both sides. Before laying eggs, the female digs a pit on the ground and produces her egg-sac there. The egg-sac is then covered with plant debris and soil.
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