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Spider Photos -  Silver Argiope (2)

Here's some photos of Silver Argiopes (Argiope argentata) This spider is one of nature's many pest control agents. Its appetite for insects results in its keeping many burgeoning insect populations in check. As a group, orb-weaving spiders consume many tonnes of insects every year. You can find silver argiopes among shrubbery, tall plants and flowers in meadows and gardens. They weave a distinctive zigzag pattern within their web - an easy way to identify the presence of this particular species. They are not considered dangerous to humans although like all spiders can bite.

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Reply: This is a silver argiope  - glen

28 December, 2009:
I found this spider in my yard near Palm Beach, FL. Any idea what it is? Kevin

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2 November, 2009:
Check out this beauty! That's what i call perfect camouflage!

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16 October, 2009:
This has me all crazy and I need to know what kind of spider this is I have never seen one like this before Please help Dan

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5 October, 2009:
This spider is hanging in our garden in Jamul, California (that's East San Diego County). I've never seen anything like it, and I can't find any sites showing or describing this particular spider. Can anyone there identify it for me? Thanks, Theresa

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7 January, 2009:  
thought you might appreciate these pics, got them in South Florida. My son and I would go fead him Crickets durring our bikeride. -- Mike

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Reply: Boris is probably a silver argiope by the looks of the bumps on his abdomen - glen

16 October, 2008:
Hi - We found this guy in our backyard in San Diego a couple of days ago, with a terrific web. We fed it a termite and small moth, and it abandoned its web after the large dinner. Today, we found it made a new web, and fed it a fly. I hope it will stay around, as we are having a good time placing bugs in the web and watching it. It got to a fly before I could release it from the tweezers. From your website, it appears it's a St Andrews Cross, but please tell us if not. Thanks -

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12 October, 2008:
Hi these aren't the greatest photo's but it's the best I could do. Also i'm not in Australia i'm in Antigua in W.I. The spider in the photo is gold and silver was found outside in a web. After researching I found the black and gold garden spider had the same zig zag pattern within it's web yet the colours are different. Can you identify this species? Thanks and regards Stephen.

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20 September, 2008:
I would love it if you could identify this spider, it lives in our bird of paradise plant, and makes a new web every day in the same exact spot. I've lived here in San Diego all my life and have never seen this kind before. The only orb weaving spider I've seen here is the garden spider (most commonly). I feed it flies often, but it seems to do well by iteself with all the moths that fly around that plant. I also have a black widow as a pet, I enjoy spiders, very easy pets. Thanks for your time, Dane ps. The pictures are front and back shots of the spider, it's abdomen has an interesting shape to it, and it's very colorful.

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14 September, 2008:
Hi Glen, Great Site. Ok, found this beauty a few days ago and from my internet wanderings, I'm thinking St. Andrew's Cross spider or Silver argiope? I belive that it is a female (she rather large) and has the distinctive ziz-zag in her web. I'm sending two photos - one without flash and the other with flash which revealed the yellow/brown colorings. I live in the coastal region of San Diego, Calif. Anyone have any ideas as to what kind of spider this is? I have a dog - should I be concerned? Would appreciate feedback. Meanwhile, I will monitor. Thanks, Stacey in San Diego 
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4 September, 2008:
Thanks so much Glen, I attach photos of a couple of other spiders I have seen recently. Feel free to upload them to your web if you like them!! Thanks again!! edu

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Reply: I’d say they are both females and the tiny little one is the male and he is having a good time with 2 females!! The babies usually disperse to their own spots but many of them would have died or been eaten by birds so that we aren’t overrun with them. The 2 adults you have are probably sisters from last years batch. They will eventuall lay an egg sac and then die off leaving a new lot for next year!! Glen

0 August,  2008:
I have these 2 silver agriope spiders that have made their home under my front kitchen window. It started with the female only. Then what I believe is a male showed up on his own web about a foot away. I have attached some pix I took of them. I have a couple questions though. What is that little spider doing hanging out on the females web? He just came from nowhere and she doesn’t seem to mind. He did start out on the males web and the male didn’t care either. Does he serve a purpose or is he just homeless and leeching off the other spider’s webs? I have also come outside to go to work and the male and female have ‘swapped’ webs. I believe the female tears down her web each day and builds a brand new one in the early morning. But what is with the web swapping? We have also observed 2 times where hundreds of baby spiders hatched and hung around in a clump for a few days---then they are gone. They are tiny little suckers. We (my family and I) have enjoyed watching the daily lives of these spiders and I look forward to seeing what’s new with them each day. Your web site is awesome. Thanks.

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25 July,  2008:
Glen - The site is amazing, I am still looking for the spider I found in my backyard on July 4th, 2008, and can't seem to identify it. I tried looking for the spider by searching for the funky looking web it spun - and still no luck. I attached a few pictures in a zip of the unknow spider. Any idea what spider this is? Thanks, SPW

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20 July,  2008:
I have these spiders that are in my front yard that Are huge and I have no idea what they are.. can you identify them?

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3 July,  2008:
Hi, This guy is in my front yard, in North Miami, FL. Help? Thanks! Wendy

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22 June,  2008:
I have these spiders that are in my front yard that Are huge and I have no idea what they are.. can you identify them?

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HI GLEN, IT’S ME AGAIN!!!!! HERE THE SHOTS!!!!!!!! NOTE THE AMAZING NUMBERS OF SPIDERS!!!!! THE PHOTOS SPEAK BY THEMSELVES!!! IS AMAZING HOW ACTIVE THEY ALREADY ARE!!!!! THEY MAKE THE NET THAT YOU’LL SEE ALONE IN ONE SINGLE NIGHT!!!! IN THE OTHER HAND NOTE THAT THE SPIDER SAC IS IN PERFECT CONDITIONS!!!! IS NO BROKEN OR SOMETHING!!!! HOW OR WERE DID THEY CAME FROM???? THIS A BEAUTY AND AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!!!!! TAKE A LOOK OF THE PICS AND SEND ME YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE!!!!!

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14 March, 2008:
Hi,
I took this photograph while in Cozumel a week ago. Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? Thanks, Tejal S.

 

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23 September, 2007:
Hi Glen, I hope you’re ok and everything good in your lives! This is a VERY INTERESTING EPISODE in my Insects Collection or Diaries!!! JAJAJAJJ! The Little Giant Fishing Spider, The Agripole and the Gecko was very hungy... Is like murphies laws!!! When I don't have those pets, in my house I usually found sometimes cockroaches, little roaches or butterflies.. Now that I have those pets that need this food I CANT FOUND ANYTHING!!! Even in my backyard!! Jjajaja! Well, te fact is that this morning I was hunting some bugs to feed my pets and I just find a Kind of Black ANTS Really big that have a very big tooths and always open, when they close it suddenly, you can hear like a “CLICK”.... AMAZING!!!! 2 months ago I try to feed my pets with that and no one even get closer!!!! They know that this Ants species are dangerous!!!! Ajjajaj! Well..... The fact is that I found a nest of little black and yellow wasps (you’ll see it in the photos) It was a really small nest of wasps But it hve like 15 wasps. I get it in to a mayonnaise glass pot and after I got it I think: “GREAT!!!! I’M A GENIUS..... NOW HOW CAN I DISTRIBUTE THE WASPS IN TO THE 3 AQUARIUMS”????? Well.... I remember my Discovery and Animal planet programs jajajajaj and I remember that the FLY’S get sleep when they get cold! I see this also in a Magician Devilled Tricks!! I think that this could work with wasps!!!! In fact I put the pot in the freezer and in less than 2 minutes they sleep like babes!!!!

AMAZING! I distribute the wasps in the aquariums and Guess What????
The Gecko was so hungry that eat 2 of them but with much difficulty!!!! He is so small but make so many noises when they got it and smack his own head against the aquariums walls to help to trought it!!!! It have 3 mores but I think that the Gecko is already full or is waiting for the wasps get tired to eat it!!! The Argiope Spider... Instantly that I point the sleeps wasps in to the NET, instantly when the 4 wasps that I put carefully over the spider net, SHE the spider run like a thunder in to each one, make a sac around each wasps, and when she get all like a mummy involved in a sac she start to eat one by one!!!!!
SEE THE PHOTOS!!! It was amazing too!! While the Giant Fishing Spider go to one wasp when it was sleeping, check it in... And when the wasp awake the spider loose every interest in it!! I don't know if she is not hungry (she eat a little cockroach 2 days ago) or if that she knows that the wasp can be poisoned!! By the way, I note her (the spider) so nervous.... More than the usual.... I use to move her with a stick and she move to a medium velocity, but know, when I touch her with the stick, run away like crazy, jump and also get in to the water!!! Is this normal?? She can be in a kind of Change Skin time and cause of this is so nervous??? I don't think that it can be cause about food, because she eat more frequently than the others and she eat really big bugs that I found it every time!!! And a last question and Thanks for your always great answers.... The argiope as I told you some days before, make an egg sac, but the sac still there.... (you’ll note it at the background of this spider photo), I know that you told me that the sac could be there for many time, even for a year waiting for the perfect season to birth the baby spiders... But.... How can It doesn't screw?? I mean.. I note that the spider doesn't care about the sac and never is closer to bring it warm or some things... Liquid or I don't know.... This sac can be still full of live without any care of the spider??? Is amazing too!!!! Thanks guy and I hope that you enjoy the photos!!!! Well friends..... I hope that you are ok and take care of you!!!!Best regards and hope to hear about you soon...


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13 September, 2007:
I send you others detailed photos of the AGRIPOLES and other that show how they live togheter very close without any problem and in the background you’ll can see the BIG YELLOW EGG SAC!
My observation is that they eat some little, they eat a butterfly 2 weeks ago but the othetrs bugs that I put it inside to feed it they doesnt care! Also I note that the bigone, doesnt spend energy!! She doesnt move for days! Even you shake the acuarium or the bugs for food gate traped in the net! While the small one doesnt eat but is always in move! Is so nervous! Gustavo

2 September, 2007:
I send you others Interesting Photos about the new ones that I found today!
They loved to be climb upside down! And cause of this I get great shoots of the downside of the spiders, maybe this could help to YOU THE EXPERTS to determine wich one is male, female or if both are of a same sex!!!!! The smaller I cant take perfects shoots of the abdomen because she was more far from my zoom!!! But I hope this pics can help to identify it!! Gustavo

WHEN I ARRIVE TO HOME LIKE 6:00 PM I FOUND THAT THE BIG ONE MAKE LIKE A MASTER PIECE!!!! I’M NOT SURE IF IT IS A EGG SAC BUT IS LIKE AN SCULPTURE!!!!!!!!! NOTE THAT I DON'T FEED IT YET!!! I PUT A BUTTERLY IN THE AQUARIUM EARLY IN THE MORNING AND WHEN I ARRIVE TO BEACH IN THE AFTERNOON THE BUTTERFLY STILL FLYING IN THE AQUARIUM LIKE ANYTHING HAPPENS!!! SO I SUPPOSE THAT THE SAC IS NOT A FOOD SAC OR NOTHING LIKE THAT!!!

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14 August, 2007:
Glen, Please help us ID this beauty. We live in Harlingen Texas. What I have looked at so far has led me to think it may be an arigope argentata or other orb weaver, but we don't know for sure and would really appreciate some assistance. Thanks Matthew and Michelle

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5 August, 2007:
Hi, I live in south Florida, Boynton Beach and I noticed this spider sitting on its orb web near my house. I think it identifies as an Argiope Lobata but I am forwarding the pictures for your collection. If you have time, would appreciate knowing if I was right. Thanks, Al

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23 March, 2007:
Hello,
I am fron Resistencia (Chaco), Argentina. This spider lives in my garden. I think it is Argiope ( argentata ?). Thank you

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18 November, 2006:
Hello Glen, I found this spider outside of my friends house in San Marcos, Southern California..from one side to the other(leg to leg) it was almost 3 inches . Ive searched all over the internet.. I cannot figure it out. Thanks. Paul
 

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25 October, 2006:
I love finding different spiders or bugs. Thanks for the excellent pictures on your site. I didn't know what this was. If you like you can add it to  your Silver Argiope pictures. I live in San Diego, so they must love this area. I have found some other great spiders this last summer. I will start
taking pictures of them and comparing them to what you have. Thanks again for the cool site.

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14 October, 2006:
Hi
I live in San Diego and have lots of these in the yard. They are very specific about what plant they hang out on and their egg case is a
rectangular pouch that is the same color as the plant they are on. They have approx. a 2 inch leg span. Thanks Jim

 

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6 September, 2006:
Here is a interesting spider I found in between some bushes in my front yard in San Diego. I Identified it on your site as a Argiope argentata species, or a Silver argiope. A spectacular spider around 2 inches long. Thanks, great site.

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23 August, 2006:
Hi Glen, Is this spider just a yellow and black garden spider? I've been trying to find a picture online that might match this one's body but haven't found any that have
the same "crown like" shape. Curios if it might be something else.
Thank you!
Sabrina

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26 July, 2006:
Good Morning,I have this pictures of a spider from Lima, Peru and would like some ID and information about it. If you also know the scientific name I would appreciate it a lot. I am thinking of a Silver Argiope but not sure.
Regards,
Alejandro

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13 July, 2006:
Hi! I am from California ...and we saw this spider near our gate in San Diego . I have no idea what it is. Should I be worried? It’s about the size of a golf ball with it’s legs. The picture with the yellow triangle is it’s underside. Thank you.

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5 July, 2006:
I take it this is an Orb Weaver? We're interested in the special web
stickiness at his uh.......leg tips. What say you?

P & H Stull
San Diego, CA

 

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22 May, 2006:
Hi Glen et al, I found your site (again) and I'm so thrilled to see many improvements!
Keep up the great work. I have another St Andrew's Cross for you: (I'm fairly certain this is a silver argiope) Click for a larger view.

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15 September, 2005:
Hi, I took some pics of this spider to share with you. I read on your site that
these are mostly in Australia and New Guinea, I'm in San Diego, California, just
wondering how common these are in the U.S., thanks for your time.

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19 August, 2005:
Hi Glen,
This guy has been in front of our office window and has gotten pretty huge!
Then today, he got small again BUT now there's this huge sack (maybe eggs?)
he made. Is he an orb spider? We called him Roy (Orbison)

Thanks,
Mark
Carlsbad, CA

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14 August, 2005:
How do you pronounce Argiope?

I took this photo of a spider in our rosemary bush..... it's only a
little one... slightly larger than a nickel.

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14 August, 2005:
Hi, I saw this spider today and I took a picture of it. Do you have any idea what kind it is? I never saw one of these before.

Ed Mykietyn
Myrtle Beach, SC

 

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6 August, 2005:
Sorry 'bout that. i figured it out though, it is a silver argiope or so i suspect. here's the picture i meant to attach. J.

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28 May, 2005:
Almost walked right into this guy while exploring Mt. Jamanota on the Island of Aruba. He is about 4" in dia (Legs Included)
Is it poisonous? is the little one in the photo the male and the large one the female?
Attaches is the photo
C. Brady

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13 May, 2005:
Hi, I saw lots of pictures of Argiope aurantia on your web site (went thru all 3 pages). I found this spider in the Laguna Atascosa park in South Texas (near Brownsville). I was thinking this guy might be Argiope aurantia, but the body shape is different.
Any ideas for identification?
Jim

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27 February, 2005:
Hi Glen
Love the site. Here's a spider we saw in January 2005 in the Mayan Riviera region of Mexico. It was in an abandoned building near the Tulum ruins. This spider was about 1-1/4" (30 mm) across. Please feel free to use the photo on your site.
Nigel from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Reply: Argiope argentata. Silver argiope.

5 September, 2004
Hi, I have found your website incredible and interesting and your knowledge is impressive. I found this pretty spider in my nectarine tree today. We live in Southern CA, San Diego county. High country, dry and desert like. Can you identify it?

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