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Spider Photos - Argiopes 2003

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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The number of emails we've had from people in the United States trying to identify the Black and Yellow Argiope or St Andrew's Cross spider (as we call our Australian variety) is quite astounding!!  I've had a lot of questions about where the Argiopes are going to, as some people have noticed that theirs has disappeared. Unfortunately this lovely spider only has a short life span and once she has produced one or more (usually no more than 3) brown, papery egg sacs, she will die. The egg sacs are roughly round in shape and up to 25 mm in diameter; each contains 300 to 1400 eggs. She attaches her egg sacs to one side of her web, close to her resting position at the centre. Each female will watch over her eggs as long as she can, but will die in the first hard frost, if not before. The eggs hatch in Autumn ( fall), but spiderlings stay in the sac during winter and emerge in spring. (Milne and Milne 1980,Heiber 1992, Faulkner 1999). The St Andrew's Cross Spider doesn't have dangerous venom. Its bite causes a mild local pain. There are also other varieties of Argiopes - The Banded Argiope and Silver Argiope being two that have been sent in frequently. There are links to photos of these and other argiopes below as well.

Argiope Lobata St Andrews Cross Black & Yellow Argiopes
Banded Argiopes Gea Hepatgon/Argiope Appensa Silver Argiopes


23 August, 2004:
Hello, I live in Toms River, NJ and I took this picture on 8-22-04 and I thought it was pretty interesting looking. The top of the spider looks like a mask.


23 August, 2004:
Captured this shot and with a Sony 8 mega pixel DSC-F828 Friday nite. She stayed one more night and then left. August 20, 2004, Mission, Kansas (suburb- Kansas City)


22 August, 2004:
We are in Hazlet New Jersey and found this spider in our flowers. It looks so pretty next to the flowers- thought you'd like the pic.


22 August, 2004:
I was wondering if you can help my identify this spider from Shelby, N.C. Notice its unusual zig-zag web that it made.
Mark Boris

20 August, 2004:
Being from New York City... when I spotted this Black and Yellow Argiope while I was in Lovelady, Texas , I almost had a heart attack. It's the biggest spider I've ever seen that wasn't encased in a tank while in a Zoo. Its a beautiful spider and as I got used to it I began feeding it crickets and other bugs that I found. Its nice to watch it weave a web after a days worth of catching food. It looks like it has to go through quite a bit of work. I liked your site and it eased my mind a bit that it wasn't poisonous. Next time I wont mind getting closer to it to take better pics. Thanks! Love the site.

18 August, 2004:
This picture is make on my trip to North Sulawesi Indonesia. Your webpage helped me identify this spider. This picture is made on 2004_07_29.

Martin from Utrecht (The Netherlands)

18 August, 2004:
I live in South PA near MD border in USA. This lady has been in my care for 4 months now. I feed her crickets and various other insects.

17 August, 2004:
I am not sure what type of spider this is... Although I hope to find out what it is and whether or not it is dangerous... I thought you may like to add this picture to your collection... Is this in fact the Argiopes? The legs not being stripped throws me off... You have a very great website!
I live in Birmingham, Alabama.
Reply: It certainly is a black and yellow argiope.

13 August, 2004:
Found this spider perched on the back deck of our North Carolina home.  I admit I was a bit worried at first until I found some reference to its harmless nature. This specimen was very docile and not at all
camera shy. I tried feeding it a Pill bug (Rolly Polly) but it decided the outer "shell" was too much work and discharged it from the web. I then found a Japanese beetle (pictured) and tossed it into the web. The spider immediately took notice and turned to face the beetle which was barely moving. After a minute or so of staring at the beetle, the spider flexed its web by drawing its legs closer to its center mass. I estimate this was to shake the web and get a response out of the beetle. After three or four pulls it moved in for the kill. Thanks for all the work on the web site. It helped me identify this
David Hathaway

12 August, 2004:
HI found this spider making web after web on my front porch...please could
you help me in identifying this spider please...I live in Lincoln University PA. I have many more pictures of other odd spiders that I have never seen before...
Thanks in advance

Paul Erlichman
International Prime Brokerage
302 552 6769

11 August, 2004:
Hi, I just found this by my porch. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this is? I live in southwest Washington state. Thank you!

8 August, 2004:
We've been enjoying the company of this lovely lady all summer. She's attached herself to our back stormdoor and is VERY tolerant of our comings and goings, even when we let the dog out and the dog then "bangs" on the door to be let back in! "Charlotte" (as I've lovingly named her) has grown immensly and has finally constructed at least one egg case. I hate to think of her dying this fall, but I know we'll have one or more of her offspring with us next summer. They're very common around our house. Use the attached pixs if you care to.
We are in central North Carolina, USA

8 August, 2004:
My grandchildren noticed this spider in my font yard, and having never seen one before I decided to find out if it was dangerous. Thank you for the information on your web-site that identified it as a male ARGIOPE/ST ANDREW'S CROSS SPIDER... if I'm reading the clues right. Since you give it a rating of relatively safe, I'll leave it there to help clean out other
bugs from my garden.

4 August, 2004:
Thank you for producing your information rich website. I am relieved to have identified the spiders that I found this afternoon. I am even more relieved to hear that they are not dangerous. I found six of these guys (or girls) in my flowers. I didn't see them all at once either. I saw the first one, as it was most prominent, then the second one, then the third, and so on. They were each smaller than the next. Here are a few pictures I took. I am in Jamestown, North Carolina, USA.
Thanks again!

4 August, 2004:
This spider was found on my outside wall. Looks almost like a black widow but instead it has these yellow markings on her.Btw she lives no point in squashing her.

29 July, 2004:
Hello Glen, after we found this rather curious looking spider in our yard I thought I post it on our friends website in order to find out WHAT kind of spider this was and I received a link to your site. Thought you might be interested in a shot of the argiope we found here in our backyard in Alabama.

Oliver Dusterhoff

14 July, 2004:
Hi Glen,
I realize that you do not identify spiders but I came across this one and was wondering if you or anyone visiting your website had a guess. The location is Southern California (Riverside County) USA.. This spider is
absolutely beautiful. I do not wish to harm it if it is peaceful. Thanks in Advance..

14 July, 2004:
Hello, I was able to identify this Black and Yellow Garden Spider outstide my house in Virginia Beach by your website. As an arachnophobic, it was quite difficult to get this pic. I needed to find out what kind of frightening spider this was, and your site was
the answer! Thank you! Slowly I will find my
curiousity over these creatures will outweigh my fear of them!

12 July, 2004:
From what I can tell, these are two Argiopes I found lurking around our house and the neighbor's, on the San Jacinto River in Highlands, Texas. The one at the neighbor's house is about twice the size of the one at ours, and I think we may have to call whoever keeps the records to report breaking the current one. (I read on another website that the Argiope record in Texas is a 5-inch spread.) I am rather curious that the spiders I photographed seem to have thicker patches of black "fur" and sharper "claws" on their legs than any of the other photos I've been able to find. 002 & 010 are of the spider at the neighbor's house (002 shows the size of the spider, compared to a man's hand), 012 is the one at ours. I'm presuming the "little guys" hanging out near the behemoths are their mates.
Gail / Honey


3 July, 2004:
Here is a picture of our local Argiope. We've had about 6 of these in  various places in our yard here in Houston, Tx. This pic is of the  belly of the spider. Due to its location I couldn't get to the back,  but it was kind of tan and white striped. I thought the green legs were pretty. Picture taken with a Nikon D100 with a macro lens. Several years ago I had occasion to be in Daytona Beach, Florida several times over a period of time. There was a black and yellow garden spider residing in the entrance about 15 feet off the ground. The van driver would entertain his passengers by tossing food into the web for the spider. Evidently someone complained because one night we showed up and the spider had been 'removed' from its home. We missed it!
Fred Gott
Houston, Tx

17 June, 2004:
I thought you might find these Black and Yellow Argiope close-ups  interesting. I took them outside my home near New Braunfels, Texas,  just north of San Antonio. If you have a use for them you have my  permission to use them. My wife is curious if the thick zigzag part of
the web has a purpose.
Mike Kramer


20 May, 2003:
I ran across several Argiope appensas on my recent trip to Hawaii. The one showing a good stabilimentum I saw in Maui and the other was from the Big Island just outside Hilo. Enjoy!
Michael J. Schlenk
Washington, New Jersey
Click for a bigger picture.


30 January, 2004
We just moved to Sarnia Ontario Canada last Spring. We have been plagued by creepy spiders ever since. Here is one we could not resist taking a photo of. Hope someone can give us some info.


30  November, 2003:
Found this one in my yard in Southern California (just outside San Diego) Its body was about to 1 inch long. The silk was really strong.
Joe Poutous
//NC\\ San Diego

15 November, 2003:
This spider has been living in my backyard outside of Washington, DC for about 4 months now. At first the closes I could identify it to was the St. Andrew's Cross, or the Golden Banded Garden Spider. Neither is native to my area. Both have similar features, but not the same coloration. Can you please try to identify this? Thanks.
Mike Perrino
Help Desk Manager

13 November, 2003:
Here's an Argiope here on Maui taken with my 35mm Olympus OM4Ti and macro lens then duped to digital

Click for a larger picture.,
4 November, 2003:
Dear Glen,
I thought you might like to see these pictures of a spider we have in our garden near Cadiz in southwestern Spain. We had no idea what it was until I came across your website during a Google seacrh - and now we believe it is some kind of Argiope. She (I guess!) has been in the garden for a couple of days now and does not appear to have moved very far. If you would like higher resolution pictures than please let me know (the originals are around 1Mb each).
Richard Moss

21 October, 2003:
hi spider lady

i took this picture in the front yard and thought you might
like it.


Reply: Thanks Brad, nice shot of the web structure. Click photo for full size.

21 October, 2003:
I found this spider in my flower bed a few weeks ago.
According to your  site it looks like one of the Argiope/St. Andrews Cross. Is this  correct? I've never seen a spider like this before. Quite interesting!
Austin, TX


18 October, 2003:
Thought you would appreciate a macro shot of this Argiope aurantia to add to your excellent site (shot in Upcountry Maui in the Kula Kai area).
Thanks & Aloha,

Reply: Thanks Neal. Please click photo for a larger view.


17 October, 2003:
This appears to be a classic Argiope aurantia in the Kula Kai area of Upcountry Maui. We especially appreciate her large stabilimentum structure and vivid yellow markings.


5 October, 2003:

Hi Glenda,
I found this outside my window and was shocked! I've never seen a spider that big in the wild before. I found your website through animal planet and spider links and was very excited to see how many there are. They are magnificent. I have a question, does anyone know the lifespan or does it change nests often. It was only there about 5 days then gone. I was sad when it didn't return. What happened to my new friend???????
Wilmington, Massachusetts

30 September, 2003:
I'm sure you have a lot of these on your website.
I identified from your site, Thanks much.
This guy has been a resident in my yard in Spring Hill, Florida for the past month. Joined by his neighbor, another Argiopes that is a bit smaller. He joined our family, of cats, dogs, a frog and a racer snake and seems to love his own corner of the yard. He is an impressive 4 inches long, (He's so patient, he even let me measure him) with a web that is 3 feet and 4 inches wide.
18 September, 2003:
I have been looking all around for a name for this majestic beauty and have finally come upon your site! Thank you!! I live in northern lower Michigan in Hubbard Lake on a small little farm. About a week ago I was hauling manure and noticed on the fence in
the pasture this spider and it certainly gave me a fright at first. It is by far the most bizarre spider I have seen in Michigan.
Thanks Shawn

Follow up:
22 September, 2003:

Thank you very much Glen.
She did okay for the day and a half i had her in the container. She built a small web. i let her go outside my kitchen window. She was there for a day and then today is gone... i'm not sure what happened to her:( Such a shame, such a beautiful spider. My kids and i brought her to school for show and tell and everyone loved her:)
Thanks again for all of your helpful information:) And i could never keep a tarantula as a pet, they CREEP me out!!! Not into big HAIRY spiders:) LOL
18 September, 2003:
i have a question regarding an argiope spider. i live in MD and we are supposed to get a HUGE hurricane in the morning, about 9 hours from now. All summer, i have been observing a huge black and yellow argiope spider on the side of my garage. Tonight, i captured her so that she doesn't get killed in the storm. My question is, are argiopes suitable at all as pets. i plan to let her back to her area as soon as the rain, winds and flooding are over. But i was also reading that at first cold weather, they will die. Also, does she need a special source of water while she is in captivity? i captured her with part of her web and a huge half eaten grasshopper too:) Any information would be greatly appreciated.
i've attached a pic of her, but i am not so good at photography:(








We hope you both come through the hurricane OK!!

15 September, 2003:
I know you have plenty of pictures of Argiopes, but this fine specimen allowed me to take some nice photos of her extraordinary beauty. I thought you might want to add them to your collection. Thanks for helping me identify this beauty. It was right outside my front door this morning. My wife, a bonafide arachnophobic was unable to get within 15 feet of it once her insect "radar" detected it!
Wes Williamson
Euless, Texas, USA








13 September, 2003:
Your webpage helped me identify this spider. I HATE spiders but she is a beauty and I promise I will leave her alone. I am in North Carolina.


13 September, 2003: Can you help me? Do you know what kind of spider this may be I found it in my flower garden in WY. Thank you for your help. Robbyn

8 September, 2003:
Was trying to identify the spider in these picture when I ran across your website. We found the spider on an A-frame house when we were househunting near Lake Travis (the Hill Country near Austin, Texas) and didn't recall seeing this kind before. I'm guessing it's some kind of female yellow and black garden spider, from what I've been finding. So in case you want more photos for your website, here you go. PS Meanwhile I believe this is the correct name for the spider (see links below).
Julie Carter
Houston, TX

8 September, 2003:
Looking at your great site I think what we have inside our enclosed pool is a Black and Yellow Argiope. It look very much like the picture on your home page.We live in Orlando Florida. Lopez Fam.

7 September, 2003:
My Wife Shelley decided to name this one Stella as she likes to name all of God's creatures. This morning I found Stella had made an egg sack.
New Jersey, USA

4 September, 2003:
I thought I'd add to the collection of great photos with my shot of a golden garden spider taken in the morning. Beautiful spider.

3 September, 2003:
Hi I found this when I went to water my plants and just about died......... Scared the heck out of me, thought it was a wasp caught in a web. Checked out your site and found out about it, Just amazing - Never in my 40 years have I ever seen anything like this in Canada or the States
Whitby, Ontario
Gross - sure hope they don't bite

2 September, 2003:
I found this spider on our back stairs this morning. We live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Can you identify this spider.
2 September, 2003:
Do you think this is an Orb Weaver? Any help would be appreciated. Here is the picture:
Thanks much, Jill
2 September, 2003:
For starters, I want to say what a fantastic web site you have. My better half found this beauty blocking our sliding glass door.I have seen these all my life but never knew what they were. I came across your site and quickly I.D.ed her.  Enclosed as attachments are both of these pictures that you may use if you wish. Thanks for developing such a great web site that is very informative and entertaining.
Mike Garrett
Atlanta, GA, USA


 September, 2003:
I identified this spider from your web site. Great site. Thought you might like to add the attached pic to your collection. I live in Murrells Inlet near Myrtle Beach, SC. Backyard photo.


Bill Gaulocher

29 August, 2003:

Black and Yellow Argiope found in Cincinnati Ohio
Scott McDonald


29 August, 2003:

i'm from saskatchewan...i have never seen anything like this beauty.

these r before and after pics after she laid her egg sac...


18 August, 2003:
I live in Va. Beach, VA and found 2 of these beauties in my garden. Your site helped me identify them as a Black & Yellow Argiope or Writing Spider. I shall be watching them closely and bring them a treat every now and then. Thanks
17 August, 2003:
Adult with baby caught today in Escondido, CA.


10 August, 2003:
I was hoping you might be able to help identify what kind of spider this is. It was photographed in west central Wisconsin.

Aaron Marx


8 August, 2003:
this little jewel about gave me a heart attack today as I almost stuck my hand in the web. It lives on my camper right next to my garden.
jamia diette, edmond, oklahoma

8 August, 2003:
Hello -
Greatly enjoyed your site! It helped me identify this lovely lady I encountered while mowing the lawn:
I believe she's an Argiope aurantia; feel free to use these pictures on your site.
Janna Larson
St. Paul, Minnesota

8 August, 2003:
I looked this spider up on your website....found him on our back patio sliding glass door this morning. I believe it is a "St Andrew's Cross". I reside in Copperas Cove, Texas. Never seen anything like this one. Let me know what you think.
Attached are a few photo's.
Carl W. Hegerty
Visit us
8 August, 2003:
an you identify this large spider that is hanging in a web outside my front door!?  It's 3-4 inches long (I can't get close enough to get a truly accurate measurement). It's body is tri-color with dark, lighter brown and cream stripes and blotches. Attached are photos illustrating a side view and full frontal view. Should I be afraid of this massive creature!?!?
-A Blackwelder- Austin, TX


3 August, 2003:
I sure am grateful for the internet and more importantly, your website. I found this little girl in the tall weeds at the back corner of my property this afternoon. I was awe struck by her beauty. She immediately caused me to remember running through the cornfields at home in Illinois, as a small boy and running into one of her ancestors (scared me to death). Finding her today caused an immediate desire in me to learn all about her. Wow, a St. Andrews Cross. An Argiope! A plain ole' garden spider. Beautiful. And she has a sister living in Texas. Amazing. Many thanks to you for a wonderful and informative web site.
21 July, 2003:
Argiope is a new word for me, but these spiders are common In Victoria, Texas, where I grew up. I took these pictures at my grandfather's house about a week ago. It's a lovely specimen, and it built it's web right next to their deck. Both pictures are of the same spider, one of her back and one of her belly. You have a great, informative website. I never knew this type of spider was so widespread, and had so many variations!
Mary Dao


4 July, 2003:

I live in France and I enjoyed to visit your website because I am passionately fond of spiders. I liked especially the part devoted to Argiope because I discovered species of them which don't live in France. So, I send you the photo of Argiope bruennichi which is quite common in France. But I don't know if there are some of these ones in America. This picture has been taken on the wall of my house face the west.

Best regards

22 May, 2003 (More information on the Argiope varieties):
Hey Glen, this is Tiffany Honrada again. I also saw the St. Andrews Cross section. I have to point out that the first pic you have on that page is the only real pic of a St. Andrews Cross (Species: Argiope keyserlingi) The rest are various pictures of the 'Black and Yellow Argiope Spider' or 'Writing Spider' (Genus: Argiope aurantia) which is a species similar to the St. Andrews of Australia due to the fact that it makes the same zig-zag web. The two have different markings, though and are commonly mistaken for each other when photographed. St. Andrews exist mainly in Australia and the 'Writing Spider' exists in North America. Attached are pictures of the two different species. Thanks, and once again... GREAT site! :)
Tiffany Honrada

6 February, 2003:
Hi Glenda,
I live in the Redlands area of Brisbane. I've had some nature loving relatives over from the UK and one of them pointed out this St Andrew's Cross in a little part of the yard. We get them with the normal webs with the cross weaving in amongst the shrubs in quite good numbers but it struck me that they build two distinct webs at different times. One for catching prey and another for raising young. The web this female was in was extremely untidy (much like a redback web only larger) and the hatchlings were in the the depths of this. There were two distinct areas containing several hundred young in all. On the outskirts of the web there were at least five smaller orangey/brown spiders that I took to be males. The three photos attached are of a group of hatchlings, a very thin looking female and the third is both with either egg sacks or dinner (I'm not too sure). I hope these photos are of some interest to you and your site visitors.
Phil Wicks
Wellington Point

16 October, 2002:
I have this little lady living under my kitchen windows. I help feed her and have been watching her all summer long, What to my surprise she decided to add her little nest to this adventure of mine. and she not only had 1 nest she got busy and had 2 as of Oct 12th, 2002, this is the story so far. Waiting patiently to see the little ones soon.
second pic is self explanatory waiting patiently Oct 12th, 2002.
argiopes aurantia


29 September, 2002:
I really enjoy your website and the pictures, and thought I would add my own. I found this little cutie in my Basil garden. She took a beating in the hard rain a few nights ago, but she came right back and built another beautiful web.
We are in Syracuse, NY


29 September, 2002:
Hey Glen
Enjoyed your site. I came across it as I was trying to identify the unbelievably scary, huge creepy spider in my garden. I took this digital photo of it and it seems your site has several similar spiders. I'm just glad that they aren't harmful to humans! I live in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Thanks!
All the Best,
Amy P.

25 September, 2002:
hi, my name's E-Ching Chiu, i'm a photographer in CA for the mt sac school newspaper, Mountaineer. i took these shots for the wild art section of the Mountaineer hope they're postable =) the good news: sac spiders can be found all across the school's campus bad news: unfortunately they're no longer there good news: they've left behind eggs! I'm hoping i can get shots of one of em hatching but don't know how long i have to wait... if anyone knows please email me =)

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