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Spider Photos -  Argiope Lobata

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 bruennichi, which is also found in Europe and the United Kingdom. Please choose a section.
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ARGIOPE LOBATA

Argiope Lobata are located around the Mediterranean and is a very common species in the Iberian Peninsula and is frequently  found in zones of high grass, as well as in little dense matos, in which it constructs its web. Argiope lobata is a spider of showy aspect. The females reach 18-22 mm (length of the body without appendices), the males reach only 6-8 mm. Females have a visibly flattened back-ventral, with three or four pairs of lateral wolves (a characteristic which gives it the name "lobata") and a posterior terminal prominence; the coloration is changeable, and even so it can present transversal lists alternating black and yellow, most commonly it is almost total silver plated. Its carapace completely is covered of small gray-silver-plated coats and the leg are  long and of black colour, with changeable intensity, consistent with the phase of development of the animal. The ventral face is sprinkled with black colour, and chestnut to dark yellow. They present similar legs and carapace to the female, but without visible wolves in abdomen; it is small,  and totally silver plated in the dorsal face.  The web is  orbicular, slightly inclined and with a stablimentum typically in a zigzag form, varying between individuals. The spider sits in the centre, with legs grouped two and two.

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10 Dec, 2017:
Hello, I live in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico and have this spider in my garden. Have you seen it before? Thanks, Sean

 

 

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4 August, 2015:
This spider combined its legs like a st andrew's cross spider, but the body of the spider looks different. Found outside in our yard in San Diego, CA. Let me know if you can tell what it is. Thanks. Sara

 

 

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Reply: Probably argiope lobata - glen

22 November, 2014
Hello, I live in Cyprus in the Mediterranean, and I found this rather large chap hanging in its web on a Lemon Tree in the garden. It appeared to be alone. Any idea of what it might be, and is it dangerous, as I would like to find out more about it? Many Thanks in advance. DAVID

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Reply: Probably argiope lobata - glen

22 November, 2014
spotted this large spider here in Crete, Greece, and would be grateful if you could possibly identify it for me. With thanks, Carol

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Reply: Probably argiope lobata - glen

22 November, 2014
I found this spider on my garden wall. It's length is 3 inches from front to back legs. The first photo show it's underside and the second it's back.

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Reply: These are argiope lobata - glen

7 October, 2012:
Good morning Glen, Can you please identify this spider for me because I found it in my fatherís fields and we have small children. Is it poisonous or hazardous? Thanks very much Kind regards Elvio  

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Reply: These are argiope lobata - glen

15 April, 2012:
Hi, just want to say I'm a big fan of your website. I have a few spider pictures you may be interested in. I live in Cyprus, Paphos...all pics were taken here. Also there are many species here that have not been publicized. Thanks for your time, would appreciate it if my pictures were not distributed...showing them on your site would be greatly appreciated though :) Matt Smith  

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5 October, 2011:
Hi Glen, my name is Bernard and i live in Greece, close to Athens. At this time of the year the nightlight of our veranda attracts lots of moths and a large spider collects them, spins a light cocoon to immobilize them end then sucks them out. Could you please identify it for me? Thanks for your extremely interesting and informative site. Kindest regards, Bernard

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7 August, 2011:
This was taken in cyprus. I thought the repair was rather interesting. Do you know what it's called? Thanks Debbie.

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29 May, 2011:
Hi Are you able to help me identify this spider? Photo taken in Malawi. I think it must be a species of Argiope due to the web it's spinning. Do you think the "skull" is an illusion or part of the markings? Really appreciate any feedback. Regards Sarah

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2 December, 2010:
Greetings, I love the spider website. I thought you would appreciate this couple. You are welcome to add the photo to your site. Is this girl a Lobed Argiope? I took this photo at Bolsa Chica, CA in May of 2010. The web was among some brush in the drier low foothill areas. Bolsa Chica, a restored wetland/tidal inlet is in Southern California and is literally right across the street from the beach. Thanks, Suzanne C.
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23 December, 2009:
Hi Glen, Stumbled across your site, interesting stuff. I was wondering whether you could help me identify a spider I found in Portugal, it was large (by UK standards!) perhaps 60mm or more, with an unusually strong web, it didn't break when I walked into it, and was capable of twisting quite sizable branches! (see attached). Regards John

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3 July, 2009:
Hi there, I came across your web site today, whilst trying to identify a huge spider that I found outside our bathroom window this morning. I live in Cyprus, Europe and have never seen anything like it before. It's body had an unusual texture, a bit like a pinecone. Any information you could provide, particularly if it is a venomous species, would be much appreciated as we have cats. Thanking you in advance for your kind assistance. Yours sincerley, Michele

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6 November, 2008:
Hi Glen! I found this interesting spider in Greece last August. After looking at the pictures on your site, I guessed it might be an orb weaver... Could you tell me what kind of spider it actually is? Thanks, Meg

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8 September, 2007:
Hi, I live in South Cyprus and have just discovered this amazing spider whilst walking the dog. I have been unable to identify him on the net. I would be grateful if you might be able to help. I d love to know what it is, as to me it looks unusual. It was about 1 Ĺ inch in total. Here is a picture of front and back. Thank you so much, Jim.

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31 October, 2006:
Hello, Today I came across a spider which it is the first one in my life that I so no one knows the name of this spider could you please identify the spider name for me I took the photo in Malta ( Europe ) it was found in a garden. The mentioned spider is quite big for our country since the normal once we see are about 1 cm and this one was about 6cm by 2cm body. Thanks Emmanuel

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23 August, 2006:
Hi i was just wondering if you could tell me what type of spider this is in  the attachment and a little bit about it. the Picture was taken in Cyprus  2006.

Many thanx Steve.

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17 August, 2006:
Glen, While I was camping I photographed this spider which I think is a Lobed Argiope Spider. Hopefully you can help me confirm/identify it.

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18 July, 2006:
Hi Glen , me again have taken some more pics for you also a small argiope has appeared in the same web, but too small to get a good pic. sue paphos cyprus

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18 July, 2006:
Hi Great site!.....found it while tracking down what I was 'sharing' my garden with. A couple of pics are attached, taken 18/07/2006, Pafos, Cyprus.....one shows the web with zig-zag quite clearly. I've only sent them half-size to save you downloading time.....if you want full size let me know. Kim

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16 July, 2006:
 
hi glen discovered this little beauty in our garden, in paphos cyprus today. thought you would like the photo.

 

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23 January, 2006:
A photo i took recently. i don't know what kind of spider it is, but its colors, and its web were beautiful,  Danny

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Reply: This is a Lobed Argiope Spider - Argiope Lobata
4 November
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Hi Glen, Please find pictures of a type of spider found on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea... We canít identify itÖ can you help us? Thanks, Nobby

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27 October, 2005:
Hello Glen.
I found a spider from araneidae family .I think it's argiope lobata. Is is right? Some times I take care of them, like this one! what I should do for this one?

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November, 2004:
Hi, Congratulations for your site, accessible and friendly. I thought you might be interested to find in these five photos, the story of an Argiope Lobata family which lives in my garden in Limassol in Cyprus island. I was very happy and impressed to discover the first one in summer 2003. When she disappeared one day I was relieved to find she left an egg sac not far from her web. So it finally came out to be the mother of the one, much more colourful, discovered in summer 2004 which in her turn left an egg sac before disappearing one day. They have really become my pets during summer 2003 and 2004. I'm impatient to see what comes out next summer and I most probably let you know when the grand-daughter will be there !! Thanks, Lisa Ioannidou-Murray

Spider - 2003

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Egg sac - 2003


Spider - 2004


Spider - 2004


Egg sac - 2004

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