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Spider Photos - Argiopes 2007 (1)

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. New page - Black and yellow argiope laying her eggs courtesy of Joe Hollner. Click here for the page and some great shots!!  I also have a couple of fantastic videos sent in by Joe. Video 1 (8,992Kb) Video 2 (16,321Kb)
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Unidentified Spiders 2004 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2003
Unidentified Spiders 2002 Unidentified Spiders 2001  
Spiders in Amber Closeups Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross
Black House Spider Brown Recluse Spiders Crab Spiders
Fishing Spiders Funnel Web (Aus) Garden Orb Weavers
Golden Orb Weavers Grass spiders/Funnelweavers Hobo Spiders
Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders Jumping Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Lynx Spiders Marbled Orbweavers
Mouse Spiders Mygalomorphs Nursery Web Spiders
Redback/Black Widow Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spider
Spined Micarathena Spitting Spider Steadota
Tailless Whip Scorpions Tarantulas Trapdoor Spiders
Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders Wolf Spiders
Woodlouse Hunters Yellow Sac Spiders  

ARGIOPE

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

BLACK & YELLOW ARGIOPES

19 August, 2007:
Miss Charlotte has abandoned her web and  is is busily constructing her egg pods.  Apparently there will be between 1 and 4 of these.  As happy as I am to contemplate these next spring, it's sad as once she is finished, she will die.  I've enjoyed having her in the garden this summer. My understanding is that birds LOVE these things so when Miss Webb is finished, Jimmy is going to put up some wire around them to keep the birds away.  IN the meantime, I've covered it up with a canna leaf.  Or maybe I should just put it in a flower pot up on the patio? Cathy

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19 August, 2007:
Hi Glen, This Spider has attached itself to our garden hedge at our villa in Portugal (Western Algare) can you identify it and tell us if it dangerous. It has been quite fasinating watching it catch various insects. Thanks, Mike 

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11 August, 2007:
Dear Glen: I attach two photos of different spiders I took in my yard in Austin, Texas, but I don't know what kind they are. We moved here from the East Coast and I never saw such spiders there. Can you tell me what kind they are and post these photos on your excellent Website(if they meet your standards)?

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8 August, 2007:

Glen, I was down in the Northern Neck of Virginia and saw this spider--can not identify--can you help ?
Thanks
Jack
 

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8 August, 2007:
Hi! I'm really enjoying your website. Here are some of the residents of my yard. Cindy New Jersey, USA

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8 August, 2007:
I have recently moved to eastern North Carolina and am getting introduced to all kinds of new bugs, spiders and snakes. I found a black widow spider in my garage two days ago and then today, I found this one on the outside of our patio. Can you tell me what kind it is and if it's poisonous or not? I am not usually afraid of spiders, but after finding these two, I'm scared. Thanks for your help! Elaine

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5 August, 2007:
This is a spider in my yard it is fairly large about 2 t o 3 in in linth could you tell me what it could be found in west texas , san angelo, thank you  doyle

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5 August, 2007:

Greetings, Can you identify this spider for me? Thanks. brian

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5 August, 2007:
Took the pics tonight. Can you ID it for me? Jon Michonski, Northford, CT. USA.

 

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5 August, 2007:

Greetings, Can you identify this spider for me? Thanks. brian

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5 August, 2007:
Sorry the pic quality is so bad. It's been hot and raining and I'm convinced the gecko was unpleasantly aromatic, Cathy

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5 August, 2007:
Hi, Could you please identify this spider.  Her body is about 1.5" long and living in the chifalera plant on our patio decked area.  Her web is very dense right where she sits.  Houston, Texas
, Thanks, Julia

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25 July, 2007:
Dear Glen
Could you tell me something about this spider, found on Mississippi gulf coast. Thank you.
Stan

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28 July, 2007:
Could not get the exact shot I wanted, even with two cameras.  From my reading, apparently he sits there quietly and awaits his chance to mate.  If he makes a wrong move, she will kill him.  I finally gave up-not wanting to have her attack him-after all, that would be the end of more spiders next spring.  A pity I could not get the perfect shot but then again, I wonder how often someone gets a shot of them together.  Guess I'll have to be content with that.  I really don't want to try again-last time I looked, he was still waiting his chance.  Cathy

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25 July, 2007:
Hi, omg!! your site is so amazing, it's the best site on the net anywhere!!! do you have a news letter? or a banner I could pst on afew of the pages I have, so other spider crazy people like myself will beable to find it. I don't hve the words that would fit what I'm feeling, now who would think a female could get this hpr about spider's , here's some photo's for you that I took hen I trip out on a walk, I found her, a black-and yellow argiope , ( argiope aurantia) I almost got her in m face lol, if anyone wants to use them could they please ask frist, she's monster size, the 1st shot dosen't show her sie to well here's how I put it for the 1st shot, and them just by themselves, so if ou want you have your pick, thanks for an awsome site
Tina aka Layhawk

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25 July, 2007:
What kind of spider is this? can you let me know...

 

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20 July, 2007:
Dear Glen,I've recently taken an interest in spiders. I don't really like them, but it's fun to see all the different kinds and they're very interesting. I just moved out to the country where there are plenty of spiders to see. I've taken some pictures so maybe you can put them on your site. One spider I've been taking pictures of is the zipper spider. I love looking at their webs and there seems to be alot of them this year. Anyway, do with the pictures what you want. I just though maybe you would be interested. ~ Markia

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20 July, 2007:
 Glen, I found this spider today. It was sitting in the middle of its spun web in some weeds. I included some pictures. I'm just wondering if you knew what it was. Thanks. Jesse

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20 July, 2007:
Hi Glen, Hope you might identify the spider I found on my house in Athens, TX (Southeast of Dallas). Attached is a picture. Thanks. Ruthe

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20 July, 2007:

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15 July, 2007:
We found this in Somerville, TX in our storage. I have not been able to find what kind of spider it is. Thanks Kim

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15 July, 2007:
I have noticed these tiny spiders in my irises. They are less than a centimeter long. Are they young garden spiders (argiopes)? Feel free to post and use the photos.

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4 July, 2007:
Visitor in North Texas. After dark, caught him moving (with the aid of a flashlight!)

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28 April, 2007:
What kind of spiders are these? Shelly

 

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28 April, 2007:
Me and my husband were on our honeymoon and found this spider. What is it. I think it is in the family of a banana spider?

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13 March, 2007:
Here is an interesting photo of a spider. This spider lived in our front  bushes last summer. He was very calm and hungry. He stayed in the same  bush all summer!! Beautiful, beautiful spider!! You may use this photo on  your website. Michelle

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