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Spider Photos - Argiopes (2004)

 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. Please choose a section.

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Jumping Spiders Leaf Curling Spiders Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orbweavers Miscellaneous Spiders Mygalomorphs
Nursery Web Spiders Redback/Black Widow Solfugids/Camel Spiders
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Argiope Lobata St Andrews Cross Black & Yellow Argiopes
Banded Argiopes Gea Hepatgon/Argiope Appensa Silver Argiopes
BLACK & YELLOW ARGIOPES
26 November, 2004:
Here is a spider that was living on a fence post in my yard. This is another garden spider living on our canna lillies
Ellen Benson

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11 November, 2004:
My friend found this in her backyard in San Diego, California. Beautiful!

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Reply: Looks like its egg sac minus the eggs.

9 November, 2004:
Hi, I have a spider on my house that looks interesting, and I've been searching for info to help identify what this spider is doing. I came across your site, and am hoping you might have an idea what is going on in the picture. First the spider had a nice big web for a some weeks, and just seemed to be happy sitting there catching bugs. This web was 2 feet from my back door, about 6 inches from my porch floodlight. A couple of days ago we noticed the web is gone, but the spider is sitting on some sort of flat oblong thing. Further down the wall are drippings of some very yellow substance, which I assume came form the spider or something he ate, because it was not there days ago, and we have been careful to avoid getting near the web for fear of disturbing him or running him off. I am attaching a couple of pictures so that you can see the thing the spider is sitting on. It is flat/thin, and oblong, about 2.5 - 3 inches long and about an inch wide. Where the back end of the spider is sitting, the thing is darker than the rest of it, which is mostly a dirty white color. Yesterday we noticed he (or she - how can you tell?) had moved off of it and was sitting just to the side of it. My first thought is that it might be an egg sack, but it is so flat....and where did the web go? We don't have a lot of experience with spiders - my toddler is very frightened of any bugs & spiders, so we usually don't let them stay, in order to keep the peace with the little one....but this one is up high enough that my little one can't really even see him.
Anything that you can tell me from looking at the pictures would be helpful in answering the questions of my curious 11-year old science buff!
Thanks! Teresa Glynn

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 20 October, 2004:
Dear Glen- It wouldn't be autumn in Austin, Texas without an argiope somewhere in our yard. This one is especially lovely. Lisa Levitus

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13 October, 2004:
Just took this in our backyard. We live 40 miles East of San Fran. Very interesting. We looked it up on your site and can't believe all of the other photos people have sent. Is it poisonous? Nicole and Jerry
 

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5 October, 2004:
Hi Glen- These are pictures of the argiope I found attached to my back door in Maryland. It creeped me out until I read about it on your website, and now I'm sort of fascinated by it. Thanks for all the info...Cliff Hazelton

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4 October, 2004:
Hello,
I noticed you have been getting quite a few photos of Black and Yellow Argiopes....
I noticed they get quite large! Here's a couple shots I took of one before it devoured my Saturn...  HaHa.... Amazing spider!

Larry Wolkan

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3 October, 2004:
We live in Alpharetta, GA and this very large and beautiful spider is living outside the front door of our house. It's web is suspended between the side of the house and a large pot of flowers. Would anybody be able to tell us what kind it is and whether we should call it him or her?
Reply: This is a black and yellow argiope.
 

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1 October, 2004:
Hi!

I am writing from the southern coast of Maine, USA. This lovely spider
is hanging out by our front door. Any idea what it might be?

Thanks, Ute.
Reply: This is a black and yellow argiope.
 

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29 September, 2004:
Last week I came across this spider at the Mayan ruins site in Tulum (Yucatan), Mexico. Although your spider web site is aimed principally at Australia and U.S. species, perhaps someone can please identify this spider for me.

Ken Massey Indianapolis Indiana USA

Reply: Looks like a Mayan version of the argiope

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27 September, 2004:
Hello my name is Andrew, this is my first post here.  I live in New Windsor Maryland. An agricultural rural area (what is left) in Maryland. My wife and I just moved into this new home and found this spider (picture attached) on one side of the house. Her first reaction was “ewwwwwww, spider kill it, kill it…” I was like, Hmmm cool looking. I wonder if it is poisonous.” I hate killing things just because…So I am writing to you to see if you can help me identify what it is. I think it is a common Orb spider but I have never seen one with a big Egg sac? Next to it. Unfortunately I had no ruler handy to measure it when I took the picture. It has a quite large web. Thank you and good day
Regards,
Andrew

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27 September, 2004:
I live in Southeaster Wisconsin and found this spider. Could you identify this species. Dave

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25 September, 2004:
Hello,
I found this nice Argiope out in my screened patio. I'm in Clermont, FL , 20 miles east of Orlando, FL. The pictures were taken today 9/24/04.
Thank you,
Thomas Stokes
World Wide Operations Management Team Lead
Tie Line 631-8161

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Reply: It's a black and yellow argiope.

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September, 2004:
Dear Glenda: My co-workers sister found the attached spider outside her home this
morning and she says it measures about 3 inches long. Could you please respond to this email and let me know what kind of Spider
this is.
Thank you!!!

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21 September, 2004:
This is a writing spider my husband brought me back from South Carolina, we live in CA, and now she is my pet. I would just like to know if there is anything I can do to make her comfortable. I have tarantulas but they a little easier. Thank you
Jeanette Hughes, Redlands CA
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18 September, 2004:
Hiya, went though pages and pages of your website but found nothing resembling this very colorful spider I have living in my flowers outside my house. Its been there for about 3 weeks now and has made itself quite at home. Any clues as to what kind of spider? I thought it would at least make a colourful addition to your website. If I was to guess at its size, the body is probably an inch long and 1/4 inch wide. (rough guess)
Thanks!
Dan
Portland, ME USA

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16 September, 2004:
I found this extremely large (5-6 inches) black and yellow beauty hanging out in the plants near our back yard pool in Los Angeles, California. Was a bit worried about it and then found your very friendly and useful website.
So thanks for doing all that work to put the site together. I'm attaching a photo to add to your extensive files. Thanks again,
Tim Marx

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16 September, 2004:
I just saw this spider beside our garage and hurried to take pictures for I had never seen one like it before and desperately wanted to find out what it was. I saw your website (thank goodness) and think it is a golden orb-weaver spider, but not sure.

Jan Lindauer
Evansville, In
 

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15 September, 2004:
H
ere's a picture of an Argiope I found near my pond. I live in Hershey Pennsylvania. Thanks for the excellent web site.
 

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14 September, 2004:
Hello

Great web site. I live in Bear,DE and i found two different spiers and i have no idea what kind they are or even if they are poison spiders.Can you help?

Ron in Bear,DE

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14 September, 2004:
Hi,
I have three of these in my garden in SW Michigan. Can anyone tell me what they are and if they're poisonous?
Thanks,

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13 September, 2004:
I found this spider on my out building. I have never seen one in this area this large. Just wondering what kind it was. I live in Forsyth County, North Carolina.
Great site!
Thanks,
Randy Dezarn

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10 September, 2004:
This spider was on the front of my garage this afternoon. Haven't a clue as just what species it is. Perhaps you could help identify it for me.
Would appreciate any information you may have on it as well.
Thanks very much.
E.J.Barrington

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10 September, 2004:
I live in Brooks, Alberta Canada and found two of these spiders in my flowers. The pictures are of the underside of the spider. Could you tell me if they are part of the ST Andrew`s Cross family of spiders? If not what are they called, and are they poisonous?
Thank You Kindly
Roy A.Bowlby

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9 September, 2004:
Hi,
This spider made her web right outside my son’s window. Therefore, we are able to watch her all the time, and not bother her. We have seen her catch several other bugs, and then watch her eat them later on. It is really amazing. Your site is great! After I saw her for the first time, I scream and then ran to the computer to figure out what it was. Your site was the first I came, and it answered all my questions. Thanks!!
~Amber
Austin, Texas

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8 September, 2004:
Hello,
My son came across this amazing spider in my butterfly garden just about a foot away from my pond. I think it's a Argiope but not really sure. Some of the pictures attached are large you may want to make them smaller, I thought maybe you would like to add them to your wonderful collection. Your site is very informative, thank you.
Sandy
Baltimore, Md

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8 September, 2004:
Hi there! I found this spider in my yard and was wondering what kind it is and if it is dangerous or not? The web has been broken it use to have a very thick zigzag down the middle of it. I f oyu can please send me an email with info on this spider. Thank you.

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7 September, 2004:
Hi,
I've found this spider right in front of our house in Shreveport, Louisiana. It's over 3 inches long. Any help identifying this "tiny and cute" creature would be very much appreciated. :-)

--- Borys

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7 September, 2004:
Good morning . My husband found this bad girl a couple of weeks ago. I have what most people call a phobia to spiders... I was scared at first know I think she is esquistit and i am enjoying watching her and learning more about her..I am so glad i didn't ask my husband to kill her..I have found a fasination to her and her species ..My boys and I have enjoyed your web sight ..I home school and am most excited to use your web site more thouroghly..I enjoyed the other pic i saw
from people I am sending some along ...I think she is quite beitiful!!! We are going to try and feed her  afteer hearing the other people talking about doing this..,Thank you so much for your web site ..Sincerly a mother of three boys in Toccoa,Ga..ps i think a boy
one is with the pic.

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7 September, 2004:
Hi,
Here is a picture of what I believe to be a St.
Andrew's Cross spider...I could be wrong. It was found living happily in the weeds next to a friends driveway up here in the Catskill Mts......Enjoy!

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7 September, 2004:
Hello, I've just discovered your excellent web site, so nice to see others who appreciate the spiders in their gardens! Here are some of my photos of agriopes. There has been a tremendous number of these in my garden this summer. I've so enjoyed watching them from the egg sac stage to the mature adults. Wonderful creatures! Best wishes, Sue
Great pictures, Sue, thanks. Click for a larger view.

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7 September, 2004:
Hello,
I live in Greenwood IN. I was walking by our pond and I seen this spider. It is about 2 - 2 1/2in long. I have never seen anything like it. Could you please tell me if it is dangerous and what type of Spider it is?
Thankyou for your help.
Jordan
P.S. Your Web Site is very Cool

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7 September, 2004:
Hi,
I was out in my yard in Missouri, near St. Louis, and I came across this spider. It was about the size of a silver dollar and I am not sure what it is. It looks different than any other spider I had seen before. If you have any ideas, let me know.
Thanks,
Steve

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5 September, 2004:
Almost walked right into this bad boy. I believe it is a Black and Yellow Argiope.

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5 September, 2004:
Here are some North Carolina spiders that have appear red around my home this fall..

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5 September, 2004:
I almost ran into this bugger this morning while mowing the backyard. I didn’t want to kill it until I knew what it was. Thanks for the information on your website. I live in Virginia Beach, Va and am sending this photo so you can use if you want. It was taken with a Nikon D-100 and the resolution of the photo provides for some great detail.
Thanks
Martin Lopshansky

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5 September, 2004:
Here are some North Carolina spiders that have appear red around my home this fall..

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4 September, 2004:
HI:
I TOOK A COUPLE PICTURES OF THIS SPIDER AND WONDERED WHAT IT IS. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THIS DOES? IS IT POISONOUS? THANKS.
MIKE

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3 September, 2004:
I know you don't identify spiders as you said, but would one of your readers be able to identify this guy? He gets bigger all the time! We  are in the Hill Country of Texas. Thanks! He is a brighter (she)  yellow than showing. 2 egg sacks have now appeared.

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3 September, 2004:
Glen,
You have a nice collection of spider pictures. Especially of the Black and Yellow Argiope. Found this one outside my porch door in New Jersey and thought I'd snap a picture of it. Scared me at first, since it was  the largest wild spider I had encountered. Didn't look poisonous (most  poisonous seem to have round bodies), but glad to find out what it was
on your site.
Michael Chin
New Jersey
United States

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3 September, 2004:
here is a pic of my black and gold argiope with what we beleive to be an egg sack is this also correct we will appreciate your reply Alex Barnes age 11


melissa smith
missy31@earthlink.net

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3 September, 2004:
She is AMAZING!! My 3 year old and I love to sit and watcher her wrap her pray in “cling wrap”. I caught a few pests (yellow jackets and moths) for her and we watched her do her thing. I grew up in Bermuda and saw lots of huge banana spiders, so seeing her was a thrill. Thanks to your website I was able to get more information to dig deeper into our spiders’ world, like shaking her web to scare away another spider. It’s the end of summer and we are going to miss her, but hopefully one of her 500-1500 babies hang around for next year. JUST AMAZING!
Donna Heacock - Bridgewater NJ

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1 September, 2004:
Hi - I live in Vermont and I found this spider on my stairway. It is quite  impressive and I am unable to figure out what type of spider it is and was  wondering if you could help. Your website is great!
 

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1 September, 2004:
This lady took up residence by our front door 3 weeks ago. She has  become a special pet. Your website is great. Thanks for puttingout all that information.
Bob Hawks Tulsa, Ok

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30 August, 2004:
Glen - Found this black/yellow argiope yesterday in my La Habra, CA garden. Scared the %^&@# out of me as I have never seen anything like it! I immediately got onto your website and had no problem identifying it. I hope you and others enjoy the digital shots I have taken of "Toni." I used my Olympus C-740 Ultra Zoom - the detail is incredible. I hope she stays around awhile - maybe I'll see her lay some eggs. Feeding is pretty incredible too - she plucks her webstrings to make sure her prey is secure and then goes in for the kill either devouring it there or wrapping it up in a silk coccoon - then right back to center for the next victim to come along. Very cool!
Kurt

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30 August, 2004:
Hello, Glen. We found this spider outside our house.It's black, with yellow markings on top of his belley. Can you tell us what it is and if they are dangerous? Thank you.
Ivett from southern PA.
www.ivettamoore.com

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29  August, 2004:
Hi We were just in North Carolina at the southern coast and observed this spider on a wall right next to the bay. I have looked through your site and have not seen anything close. I have also looked on the web at other sites and haven't seen any thing close. I will tell you that it was about 2 to 3 " long and 1 1/2" wide, moved pretty fast when touched with a stick.any ideas?
Thanks
Ed Linds
USA

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29  August, 2004:
Hi there:This morning, I was in my yard chasing grasshoppers to feed to my  fish. One of them jumped into some high grass and directly into a spider  web. And the spider was there. She (I assume it was a female)  immediately wrapped up the grasshopper for a later meal. Nice looking  spider. Had to take some pics. Here are some of them.
Garry,
Ottawa, Ontario

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26 August, 2004:
HI wanted to thank you for your entertaining site not to mention highly educational. I wanted to share a picture I took in the middle of my oak on my farm, every spring early summer the oak make this juice that attract everything from butterflies (tons of those), green beetles, wasps, bees, and ants.. and of course Spider, ton of them, mostly weaver like picture # P7150120.JPG, but I found one that I believe is a huge female orb weaver family, but unsure of the extra group (the pattern on her back is very different from the others around here.. picture #P7150148.JPG, maybe you know perhaps which group it belong to..
Patrick and Lisa Bureau, Royse City Texas

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26 August, 2004:
Hello Glen,
My sons and I discovered this beautiful spider a couple of days ago.  Its web is behind our garbage cans and catches flies regularly. It's appetite is so voracious I had to find out what it was. I was  amazed when I checked out your web site and found an entire page of  these spiders!! My oldest son has taken to feeding it whatever bugs he can catch and it devours them. Today it had two medium sized grasshoppers..Thanks for the
information on the website...Northeastern Pennsylvania.. these spiders!! Here are a couple of pictures... Northeastern P

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26 August, 2004:
I found this spider & web attached to my front porch in Walnutport PA. I think it's a Yellow Garden Spider.

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