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Spider Photos - Banded Argiopes (2005)

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. The spiders below are a close relation called Banded Argiopes and Argiope bruennic
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BANDED ARGIOPES (1)

The largest and most striking of the orb weaving spiders is the banded Argiope spider (Argiope trifasciata). It is found in late summer and early fall among shrubbery and in gardens where they make a highly symmetrical orb web. Females are generally silvery, with dark and yellow striping. Males are rarely observed and are much smaller than the females. The banded garden spider is harmless. Click here for Page 1.

31 August, 2005:
Hi. I looked on your site but could not find this spider. My brother found this on the side of his house this morning in Chino Hills CA. I'm just curious because i've never seen one like it. Thanks

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31 August, 2005:
This spider was on one of my lillies. I was picking dead stems off right next to him before I saw him, so he must be a gentle creature (which made me happy). His body lookes like glass. I live in southern Wisconsin. Thanks for helping me. Of course I would love to know if he is harmful.

Janet

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6 December, 2004:
Hello, I took this picture of a spider that was outside my window in the bushes. We live near a pond and the weather cold right now. We also have some wooded area behind our house as well. I was wondering if you could identify it for me? I looked at the photos of spiders on your website and couldn't really match it to any of them. I have attached two photos of the spider. One is of the front and the other is the backside. Just try to get back to me at your convenience. I was just curious as to what kind of spider it is. Thanks! Take Care, Heather
Reply: This is a banded argiope.

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4 November, 2004:
any idea as to who this fellow is? and if he threatens anything or anyone? has been here over a week now except for when he went down during 12 hours of wind. Southwestern Utah at about 3000 feet. thanks, Jon Elliott

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1 November, 2004:
Hello,  I live in San Diego, California, USA. I found this spider in my backyard. I have many orb weavers on the property, including Argiope Aurantia and Araneus Diadematus. I also have Green Lynx and many other types of spiders including an occasional Black Widow. The one in the attached photos is the only one I've seen of its type. Most of my orb weavers build webs at least three or four feet off the ground and often high up in the trees and remove their webs during the daytime. I found this one in an orb-style web only a foot in diameter about 6 or 8 inches off the ground. He was there early in the morning, all afternoon and late into the night (he is alive, I checked.)  Can you tell me what type it is? I took a picture of an American 25 cent piece to give an idea of size. I'd say he's about 2 inches in diameter with legs extended.
Regards,
Hal Bosworth

This picture shows part of the back. If she's still there, I'll get another photo this evening. She's so close to the ground I may use a mirror to get below her.

Reply: Looks like a banded argiope.

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18 October, 2004:
Hi Glen, I guess its that time of the year when the argiopes are out and about. I get excited every time I find one. This year I only found one hanging around by my fence. She is a banded argiope and here are a couple of picture I managed to get one morning after a rainstorm. Thanks, Michael Schlenk, Washington, New Jersey

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17 October, 2004:
Can you identify this spider? My wife spotted it yesterday on the front of our house. The ledge it is under is about 2" wide. It's body looks like it is >1" and total lenghts is >2". I have never seen a spider like this before! Thanks for the help if you can.

Reply: This is a banded argiope.

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13 October, 2004:
Hello,
One more Argiope to the collection.

Regards
Kris Szember
Somerset,NJ,USA

Reply: This is a banded argiope.

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4 October, 2004:
Hi, I live in Midway, British Columbia, Canada. In the Boundary Similkameen
Country. I found this spider in my carport on October 2/04 and I was wondering if you could tell me what kind it is and anything elso about it. Thanks
Bonnie
Reply: This is a banded argiope.
 

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4 October, 2004:
Hi there, My roommates and I just found this spider while working out  in the garden. We had never seen anything like it so we  decided to search the internet to see if we could identify  it. Thanks to your site, I think we've identified it as a  banded argiope! Corrie Johnson Champaign, IL

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30 September, 2004:
HELLO IM FROM RAYMOND NEBRASKA...USA AND FOUND THIS HANGING ON THE SIDE OF MY HOME I DO HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE VERY CURIOUS AND DONT WANT THEM TO GET BIT.... PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN WHAT KIND IT IS...............THANKS JERRY AND JENNIFER
Reply: This is a banded argiope.
 

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Reply: This is a banded argiope.

26 September, 2004:
I found this fellow hanging above the entry to my kitchen from the deck. I'd never seen a spider like this around here (NW Washington State USA) I did a little research and thought it looked similar to a St Andrews Cross. Paul Pearl

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Reply: Looks like a banded argiope.

26 September, 2004:
What kind of spider is this and do I need to flee to another state? It was found in the Texas Panhandle outside of Pampa, Texas. My daughter was seeking unusual insects and spiders for a school project. We live on a grassy plain in a rural area. It would be nice to know what kind it is so she can label it. Thank's for your help! Velda Shults

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Reply: It looks like a silver argiope.

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September, 2004:
Hi, Attached are a top view and underbelly view of a large spider I caught in a glass jar near a storage barn here in semi-rural northeast San Diego county. It was later released. I've never seen one like this before, but a guy at work told me they like to build big webs in the avocado groves. Its entire back is a silver as shiny as aluminum, and its underbelly has a yellow strip that runs the full length of each side of its torso. Thanks, Clint Gould

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21 September, 2004:
HI was hoping that you could provide some guidance or an idea to the identity of a spider. This interesting little guy was found in a factory in Ohio, USA. This factory receives product from all around the world. The factory is located in a farming community and everyone that has viewed the spider says that they have never seen anything quite like it.  Thanks, Brian P.S. I came to the conclusion shortly after sending you the email that it was a Female Banded Argiope.
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18 September, 2004:
I know you have lots of these, but what's a few more? Somehow the other pictures of this variety didn't capture the iridescent spots on the back side or other special features. Could you tell if this this sleek beauty is male or female?
Thanks--Beth - Westminster, MD
Reply: This is a banded argiope.

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17 September, 2004:
Here is my friend in the garden who helped me not be so scared of spiders. This one is so pretty to watch. I am amazed be its eating habits and enjoy seeing how its doing every day. Thanks for all of your photos and knowledge.

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12 September, 2004:
I live in Southeast PA & found this spider on my deck.

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12 September, 2004: This Argiope spider built her web inside of a large Sedum plant. The plant is in full bloom and is teeming with bees, butterflies, and other flying insects from dawn to dusk. Late night she feeds on mosquitoes, grasshoppers, crickets and moths. She disappears for a short time just before sunrise and returns to hang upside down in the center of her web as the sun rises. I hope to see the attached photos on your website.
Ted Kropiewnicki,
Bear, Delaware, USA

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30 August, 2004:
Hi there, I recently spent 2 weeks in the Costa Brava (Spain) and came across this spider. I have never seen one of these before could you please help me identify what type it is.


Regards,
Ian Watson

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13 September, 2004:
Hi Glen,

My wife and I just moved to Las Vegas and found this guy on our kitchen window. I thought it was a garden spider, but I'm just guessing.
Thanks,
Gary

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