Jewels in my Backyard: Amazing Spiders of Andamans

The Double Spotted Spiny Spider (Gasteracantha mammosa) curled up, waiting patiently in its intricately crafted web.

Abstract: Dark brown, hairy, venomous, creatures of the dark - these are some of the thoughts that spring to our minds when we hear the word ‘spider’. But in reality, they are far from being a fright. Unique and beautiful, this article showcases those that frequent the lush green backyard of my home in Port Blair.

The author is Principal Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration and an avid photographer.