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Spider Photos - Argiopes (2007)

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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

BLACK & YELLOW ARGIOPES

30 September, 2007:
here some pics of the spider I found yesterday hope u like them ....and if u can use them greetz
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0 September, 2007:
Is this spider poisonous? Your welcome to use these pictures if you like.  Dave  in Leicester North Carolina. Click for a larger view.

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30 September, 2007:
Sorry about the pics not coming through. Here is another attempt. I added them as an attachment so maybe you will be able to view them. Here are the photos of what I think is a black and yellow Argiope. Is it? I live in middle Georgia. If you need these for your web site, you may use them. Thank you,

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17 September, 2007:
I found this outside hanging around our garage door this morning. We  are new to Arkansas and have encountered many large and scary
spiders, including one with hundreds of babies on her back  (definitely a wolf spider from what I've heard). This one looks a  little different though. It is around two or so inches long. Thanks. Ed

 
 

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17 September, 2007:
Okay i'm trying to send the pic again. I'd really love to know more about her. She's gorgeous....I think so....Thanks Susan

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16 September, 2007:
sorry...sent the first one to the wrong addy...here's another pic of the black and yellow
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14 September, 2007:
Hi was wondering if you could tell me what this spider is...It was in my backyard next to my shed. I live in the panhandle of Florida by Alabama. I have little kids and dogs, I left it alone but now I am worried I shouldn't of...
Thanks,
Chrissy

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13 September, 2007:
I would like to know the type of spider in the attached picture, I found it on my home this morning and I want to make sure itís not dangerous.
Thanks
Rich

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13 September, 2007:
Hi,
I'm sending this picture with a beautiful Argiope....
I found it Rhode island on 09/10/2007
Thanks

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10 September, 2007:
Hello Glen, We have been watching this beauty for a couple of weeks now and and much to our surprise we are now in day 3 (today is 9/8/07) of watching this wonderful egg sac that is attached to the side of our house not far from her daily web lounging.
She is lovely! Kim & Dalton
Soddy Daisy TN

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8 September, 2007:
I live in Fairfax, Vermont. Here is a picture of my front yard buddy.

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8 September, 2007:
Found this spider on my front porch in Durham, NC in September, '07. Can you ID him for me? Found the web intriguing, especially the "Zig-Zag" pattern down the middle. Many thanks! Deborah, Durham, NC

 

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8 September, 2007:
Not sure what type she was, but she was a beaut.... If you could let me know what type out here in Maryland. thank you, love the site. Jon

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4 September, 2007:
Would you be interested in putting it on your web site? Itís pretty cool.
Bob

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4 September, 2007:
Hi,I found this spider as I was walking into my house. It was in the flower bed on a shrub in this spectacular web. I thought it was the coolest spider I had ever seen. Do you know what kind it is? Dave

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2 September, 2007:
What is this?

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2 September, 2007:
Glen,
My wife and I have this spider on the outside of our back garage. Could you tell us what kind of spider this is ? Is it a wolf spider and is it harmful if it bites .


Thanks
Les
 

 

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2 September, 2007:
Hi Glen, We have really enjoyed your web site. Is this photo of an argiope? It is so beautiful ( and scary!). Is it dangerous?

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Marian/Big Mom

 

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2 September, 2007:
Hi! My mom and I discovered this spider outside and over our bathroom window so I went outside to take a picture to crop it on the computer and get a closer look.

I've already looked at the different pictures on your website to find it myself, but with no success. If you will please e-mail me back and tell me the name of the species and whether or not that it is venomous.
 

 



 

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2 September, 2007:
This spider has made a gigantic web between two bushes by our pool. I can't seem to figure out what kind it is, and if it is dangerous to anyone. It's entire body is about the size of a golf ball and with legs spread out, it is about the size of a softball. There is another smaller one just outside my office window. What is it, and should we remove it immediately? Thanks! Murfreesboro, TN
 



 

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30 August, 2007:
Hi. My son just found this spider in an overgrown area around a tree in our yard. His first instinct was for me to "kill it! kill it!" so I grabbed the camera and found our site. From what you have, it looks to be a female Banded Argiopes. Is that correct? I want to be sure she's not poisonous as we have kids and dogs in the yard all of the time. I'm sending larger pictures to show the interesting web and then some cropped down just to the spider. I'd love to know that we can leave her to her business and we won't find one of the dogs (the kids tend to stay away) in need of medical care. Thanks, Nancy. P. S. Sorry the back is so blurry. Camera focused on the tree instead.

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30 August, 2007:
 
I found this spider in my garden a few days ago. I identified it as an Argiope from your site. I have never seen one like this and wonder if it hitched a ride with us from South Carolina. I live in Erie, PA would these normally be this far north? I have more pictures. Cyndie



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30 August, 2007:
Please enjoy this and use it or share it as you like. I really think even  for this lovely spider, the dragon fly presented some freight handling
problems. The tail is wrapped, and she rested. Later she wrapped the entire  item and rested. Ellen, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma


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26 August, 2007:
Hello Ė I found this gorgeous and huge spider building her web outside my door. Is it an Argiope? Her body is more brown and yellow than black so I wasnít sure.
My problem is that she moved from a window to an entrance way last night and this is a frequent traveled area. Iím afraid I have to move her. Do you have any recommendations on how and where best to move her so as not to disturb her too much and keep her out of harmís way? Thanks so much, Kim

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25 August, 2007:
Here are some spider pics I took.. Not sure what kind the last 2 are, perhaps you can tell me. Hope you can use the pics. Regards, Rachelle

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25 August, 2007:
Here's my pet spider !   I do think it's the Argiope....?????  Thanks for your interest !

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24 August, 2007:
I just walked outside and noticed this strange new spider. I live in S.W. Florida for over 23 yrs and have NEVER seen one like this before. It's too close to my front door for my comfort but before I move it I need to know if it is dangerous. And what a STRANGE WEB!. It's so facinating.

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24 August, 2007:
Found this spider in our backyard. It caught a rather large grasshopper in its web. Can you identify it for us??
Thanks,
The Valdez's

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24 August, 2007:
I found this spider on some of my pond plants. I would like to know what kind it is and if it is dangerous. Thank you for any help you can offer.

Irene

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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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