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Spider Photos - Banded Argiopes (2006)

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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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 October, 2006:
we were picking up the back yard and came across this spider do you know what it is thank michael

31 October, 2006:
Hi Glen;
Here's a few pictures of a yellow spider I found near my house this past summer. It was about 2 inches long. I live in Northeast Ohio and cannot recall ever seeing one like this before. I still don't know exactly what it is. Enjoy the pics. M Kelly

29 September, 2006:
Here is a photo of a female Banded Argiope that I took last night near my home. She is large, about three inches from front to back .
I love your site.

Click for a larger photo.

27 September, 2006:
Hi,  This spider was found in a greenhouse in Byron Center, Michigan. Can you
tell me what kind this is?



21 September, 2006:
Thank you for posting my spider on your WEB site. Here is some more pictures of the same Banded Argiope spider. This is my favourite spider, and probably the biggest spider I've ever found.

21 September, 2006:
So normally I am afraid of spiders. Really badly. But When I was outside this morning, I saw this spider. I nearly killed him by mistake while washing my car. I was about to spray him with the hose, but I took a closer look. I stood in front of the bush and just looked at him for about 30 minutes. This picture doesn't do anything justice at all. But it was truly amazing. I wish my camera was better, so I could focus in closer. This was as close (far) as I could get without it being blurry. The web itself was amazing too. You can barely see it here.  But wow. Look how he mended his web. Its insane.  It was so cool. Amy

16 September, 2006:
This is my spider. It is a Banded Argiope spider. Here is a picture of him.
I found it in my backyard on Sept. 16, 2006. I live in Southern Ontario.

15 September, 2006:
Hi Glen:
Could you please tell me what kind of spider this is? It was on my chicken house and didn't want the chickens to get her. Thank you.
Shawna Humphrey
Salem, Indiana

19 August, 2006:
Can you identify this spider? One is shot of belly and other is top of spider. I found it in my yard and never saw one before so colorful. Appx. 2 1/2 inches from tip of leg to tip of leg.
The Chimney Guys, Inc.
Paul F. Karthaeuser Jr. - President


27 August, 2006:
Hello, I came across your web site tonight while trying to find out  what kind of spider this was. It has built an orb web on my  daughter's playhouse in the backyard. Very cool looking! Glad I figured out what it was! Thanks for having your great site! I will  use it when I teach my second graders about spiders in October. Deb in Laurel, Montana

19 August, 2006:
Hi Glen, just wondering if you could help me out with this one. I'm thinking it's a banded argiope but couldn't find a similar picture on the web. I found it in my house in Puebla, Mexico. Thanks
Jason Savitsky

13 August, 2006:
I have been unable to identifie this spider on your site. What apears to be silver in this picture is actually iridescent. We found this fellow in our mint patch. We live in vermont and are just starting to see these spiders around our home. Is it related to the black and yellow argiopes? We have TONS of those around. Thanks for your help!
Jay Davis

2 November, 2005:
hi I found a spider that is silver with 2 red stripes on it I was just trying to find out what it is. here are some pics of it. aaron


6 November, 2005:
you can use those photos if you like, I also have many of this spider. Thanks again for your help. Doug


6 November, 2005:
Hello!  I just wanted to tell you that I answered my own question on how many egg sacks these spiders make. Most of my spiders made 3 egg sacks, 2 of them made 4 egg sacks, 2 more of my spiders made 2 egg sacks, 1 of them only made 1 egg sack, and another made 5 egg sacks. I don't think I've had any spiders that didn't make any. I had alot of egg sacks but most of them got "pest invaded." I just wanted to share this piece of info to you and anyone else who was wandering. Thanks! Joe, Upstate, New York


2 November, 2005:
Hi Glen,

Found this on my back patio in Columbus, Ohio. Any ideas what kind it is?




2 November, 2005:
Here's an Australian version of the banded argiope.




24 October, 2005:
Greetings...I take pictures of anything small and that will sit still long enough for me to get my camera out. And one day, while my son and I were picking red raspberries at Hicks Orchard in Granville, NY we came across two different spiders which I hadn't noticed before. Could you tell me what they are? I have attached two photos to this e-mail...and folks..these ARE NOT hoaxes...these are actual spiders. The striped spider has two red bars on the underside of the abdomen that run nearly the length of it's abdomen (I have bad photos of the red bars but if you'd like I could send those.) The other spider has a freakishly looking skull pattern on it's back. If you know what they are, could you enlighten me on them? Are they poisonous? Thank you,
Justin Morris


15 October, 2005:
at first i thought this was your Nephila clavipes but upon closer scrutiny, it doesn't look to be. regrettably, it was taken through another web so it isn't as clear as it could be. what do you think?


1 October, 2005:
Hi Glen!
I finally got pictures of the Banded Argiope Spider starting an egg sack and laying the eggs. Last night, this spider left her web, so I was looking for it. I found the spider around ground level sitting under a small tangled web so I presumed that she was going to make her egg sack right under it. So the next morning, I woke up around 6:00A.M. and went outside to see if she is making the egg sack, then found out I was right. I was so excited to find out that she didn't lay the eggs yet, so I took pictures.  Based on this study, the spider starts her egg sack by starting a bed of silk under a small tangled web a little bit bigger than the female herself. When she does this, she puts a cradle of silk under it to hold the eggs. Then she lays the eggs. It took this female under ten minutes to lay about a thousand eggs. When she was laying the eggs, she pushed the egg mass on the cradle of silk so it wouldn't fall out when she is finished laying the eggs. After she lays the eggs, she quickly and carefully throws silk on it. ( Probably quickly so the eggs wouldn't dry out or fall out on her.) Then she puts a thick coating of tougher silk on the egg sack and after she does that, she's done! Argiope spiders seem to add a framework of silk threads around the egg sack for extra protection.  I hope you would enjoy these pics. I am giving you eight pics for you and your site-viewers to look at or use. (Keep up the excellent work on your web pages.
Sincerely Joe


28 September, 2005:

2nd and 3rd pics of what we know of as a 'corn spider' around here. Very heavy population in years when corn is planted close to us.

Mick Hardy-Indiana


27  September, 2005:
We live in Mid Michigan and I have NEVER seen a spider such as this. We  were cleaning the garage and think possibly its an import to Michigan.  Is this poisonous?? Clint G
Saginaw Michigan.


26 September, 2005:
These creeped me out. Anything you could tell me of them would be greatly appreciated. These were taken in my yard in Pennsylvania 9/25/05. They reside about 10 feet away from each other. Thank you, Sherina Reisinger


 19 September, 2005:
This big lass appeared in my backyard and I have never seen an Argiope around here before. All the photos on your site seem to have a much more slim abdomen and this one struck me as rather portly. Thanks, Warren. Chesterville, Ontario Canada


17 September, 2005:
Dear Glen here is a photo of A Argiope Bruennichi it was so beautifully marked also called wasp spider, tiger spider. when i found it was among thistles and when it was found she was guarding her egg cocoon. This is one of the most amazing spiders I have ever seen
love your web site


17 September, 2005:
Well, maybe its not unusual to the average spider expert, but it sure caught my attention. First I've seen of its kind around here and we have plenty of spider types aorund us. Any idea what it is?


16 September, 2005:
Can you please tell me what type of spider this is?  I found this spider in my garden here in South- Eastern Pennsylvania. I had a whitish color web and had just captured the grasshopper in the picture in it. I thought yellow and black garden spider but the stripes on the belly seem to be in the wrong direction.


16 September, 2005:

 I noticed this spider in the flower bed this morning. Not having seen one like this before I checked your web site to identify it. I believe it is a black and yellow argiope. I thought you may want to add these pictures to your collection.

Thanks from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.


14 September, 2005:

my dad was outside in his flowers in Newark, Ohio and we saw this spider and kept it to see what kind it was, because its something we have never seen before so of you could please reply to us!



8 September, 2005:

Hi, there my name is Theo, I live in Greece and I found a strange spider.
Can you tell me anything at all about this spider??? I'm sending you a photo!y go ahead and do so.) Thanks!!! Joe


5 September, 2005:
Hi Glen! Looks like you could use some pictures of Banded Argiope spiders to put on your website for others to use and look at. Three of them already made egg sacks and returned back to their old webs to catch more insects and make more egg sacks. One of them is about to make a second egg sack. Can you or anyone else please help me answer this question? How many egg sacks can these spiders make? All I have read says they make one or more egg sacks but I want to know how many more. (Please reply if you or anyone else has the answer.) Thanks! Joe, Upstate New York


5 September, 2005:
Found this beauty in the middle of a somewhat poorly built web in a corner of our dining room. I successfully moved it outside using a broom. Was wondering what it was.


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