Oil Painting of an Argiope spider on its web

Spider Argiope painting

500mm x 400mm | Oil on Canvas | Sold

Painted this spider for an old school friend, Charles Haddad, back in 2004 who now lectures at the Freestate university. He has, shall we say, not a little more than a passing interest in spiders. Here is a quote of the from the staff page (January 2011):

Area of Expertise

African Arachnology. Various aspects of arachnid systematics and ecology are studied. The main focus is on the systematics and ecology of Afrotropical corinnid sac spiders, particularly ant-mimics in the subfamily Castianeirinae. This is one of the most poorly studied spider families in the region, and generic revisions presently underway indicate that the total diversity of this group is likely to increase at least five-fold.

Other research areas include studies of spider biodiversity in habitats in the Free State Province, agroecosystems, and various conservancies. Biodiversity and ecological work focuses on the spider diversity of the Ndumo Game Reserve in Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal, where more than 430 species of spiders have been recorded so far. Work on the role of spiders as predators of various insect pests in crops, and of termites in grassland, also receives attention. Collaborative research includes studies on the impacts of pesticides on spiders in crops, ecology of termitophagous and myrmecophagous spiders, and karyology of South African arachnids.

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