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Spider Photos - Argiopes 2015/16

Here's some photos of Argiopes,  mainly from the United States.  In Australia, we call our variety St. Andrew's Cross but in the United States they are more commonly called a Black and Yellow Argiope.  (Argiope aurantia). We have had so many queries and photos sent in of these from people who have never seen them in their area. It's quite incredible!! They are also known as Golden Garden Spiders or just Garden Spider and their scientific name is Argiope aurantia. New page - Black and yellow argiope laying her eggs courtesy of Joe Hollner. Click here for the page and some great shots!!  I also have a couple of fantastic videos sent in by Joe. Video 1 (8,992Kb) Video 2 (16,321Kb)
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BLACK & YELLOW ARGIOPE

The number of emails we've had from people in the United States trying to identify the Black and Yellow Argiope or St Andrew's Cross spider (as we call our Australian variety) is quite astounding!!  I've had a lot of questions about where the Argiopes are going to, as some people have noticed that theirs has disappeared. Unfortunately this lovely spider only has a short life span and once she has produced one or more (usually no more than 3) brown, papery egg sacs, she will die. The egg sacs are roughly round in shape and up to 25 mm in diameter; each contains 300 to 1400 eggs. She attaches her egg sacs to one side of her web, close to her resting position at the centre. Each female will watch over her eggs as long as she can, but will die in the first hard frost, if not before. The eggs hatch in Autumn ( fall), but spiderlings stay in the sac during winter and emerge in spring. (Milne and Milne 1980,Heiber 1992, Faulkner 1999). The St Andrew's Cross Spider doesn't have dangerous venom. Its bite causes a mild local pain. There are also other varieties of Argiopes - The Banded Argiope and Silver Argiope being two that have been sent in frequently. There are links to photos of these and other argiopes below as well.

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13 September, 2016:
Hello! I was so happy to find some identification for this little one. Found originally a few weeks ago between some fencing. The Z type webbing is beautiful, we've never seen this type before! This was yesterday on our screen door and today there is no sign of web at all on that door. It's completely gone, and no one disturbed it. So amazing! Feel free to use photos! Thanks! Heather Mahaffey Maryland

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1 Sept, 2016:
OK I know that technically spiders don't have butts but this spider has a "face" in a weird place.I live outside of Atlanta GA so I am assuming that he or she is some sort of garden spider. My grandson is insisting that I find out what kind of spider it is. He was very impressed with the giant red tree spider on your web page. Anyway... can you help me ID this spider please.
Thank you
Dennie

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16 October, 2015:
Glen, I took a good picture of this lovely argiope that made our back porch home a couple of summers ago. You are welcome to use it if you like. My wife and I love our spider residents, particularly our orb weavers.

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25 Sept, 2015:
Neat shot for you.

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16 Sept, 2015:
St Andrews Cross spider

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11 Sept, 2015:
Glen (using the name signed to your replies on the pictures), I thought you might like these pics of what I believe to be a YELLOW ARGIOPE that showed up yesterday, September 9, 2015 on the window of our home in Asheville, NC. We’re in the mountainous end of NC at ~3,600 feet above sea level. Over the decade we’ve been here, we’ve seen lots of orb weavers – of varying colors/patterns, but all with banded legs and the large webs as the only easily seen commonalities. However, this one is the largest we have seen. It measured almost 3 inches from tips of front legs to tips of back legs (~2¾ inches). Feel free to use the pics if you want them. I was able to get her to move to the edge of the web by blowing gently on the web so as to disturb her the least possible but get a picture without my reflection in it also.

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4 Sept, 2015:
I was able to find the photo under common spiders USA on your web site and I wanted to save you some time. I imagine you get a lot of questions. Thank you for putting this information out there.

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23 August, 2015:
We had to move she left two brown sack cocoons but was afraid I would harm them if took them she had them webed in really tight into the corners of the fence we put up big pieces wood to protect them all winter then we moved right before it was almost time to see them hatch. Gina

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21 August, 2015:
Hi I just a little bit of pictures on you're site I didn't know if you had a picture of this type of spider I found it on the side of my house I don't know what kind it is I'm pretty sure you do. Well I just wanted you to have the picture.

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2 August, 2015:
Banana Spider

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16 July, 2015:
From Ellen

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