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Spider Photos - Argiopes 2012-14

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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BLACK & YELLOW 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.

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5 December, 2014:
What's this and is it poisonous?

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22 November, 2014:
Found in tracadie, new Brunswick, Canada. What is it?

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22 November, 2014:
Found this today in Northern Illinois. I'm assuming this is some type of Argiope because of the web construction. The back of the abdomen looks to have a picture of Marge Simpson on it.

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22 November, 2014:
I think I know which one this is..but can you confirm...plus it's a great pic. Maybe you can use it. Thanks, lysha

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22 November, 2014:
Hi Glen, Great website! I saw this beauty in our backyard this morning, happily making a home for itself on our patio chair. Is this a black and yellow argiope? Is it a danger to our two small dogs (10 and 20 lbs, respectively)? Most websites I've consulted say that they are not a danger to adult humans, but I haven't seen much regarding the danger to pets. Thanks so much for the great service you provide! Hope you and all your family is well. Best, Sunil, Georgetown, Texas, USA

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22 November, 2014:
Hello. My name is James. I live in Northfield, New Jersey, USA and saw this lil guy hanging out it a trash can. First time seeing one like this. Any help would appreciated. Thank You in advance. James

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Reply: Most likely - glen

22 November, 2014:
Is this a female?

 

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22 November, 2014:
Hi, I found this in mt garden. I went back today to see if it had a new web but couldn't find it. I first discovered on my watering wand and feel bad I disturbed it. I think a female yellow garden spider a friend is trying to tell me golden orb weaver. Not sure if Oregon had both. If you notice there is a white spider on the cone flower too.

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Reply: Great photos as usual thanks Ellen -  glen

17 September, 2014:
as always, use and enjoy Ellen

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Reply: It's a black and yellow argiope, maybe getting ready to lay her egg sac -  glen

24 July, 2014:
Hi Glen, My name is Anne. I was living in Jalisco, Mexico a few years ago and took a picture of this spider. I did some research on your website and it looks like it was an orb spider, but I would love to know the type. Thank you so much for your help and your knowledge! Sincerely, Anne

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Reply: Ii's a black and yellow argiope, maybe getting ready to lay her egg sac -  glen

24 July, 2014:
Is this the Black and Yellow Argiope? The body is rounder than the pictures.

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Reply: I  think it's a black and yellow argiope, but this is the underside - glen

24 July, 2014:
Photo taken Bishop Texas airport. 5 separate webs around fuel tank. Name?

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Reply: I still think it's a black and yellow argiope, you can see some yellow coming through - glen

10 July, 2014:
Hello Do you know what type of spider. He is not black and yellow like argiope shown on the chart. He is silver and black. Thank you Carmen

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30 October, 2013:
Could you please assist me in identifying this spider for my daughters school project. The photo is from Georgia. In a barn near a garden space. Cobweb Spider maybe??? Thanks!

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7 October, 2013:
Wow, some really great photos. Iím the only spider lover in our family, Iím afraid. Attached are a couple of my favorites. I think an Orb Spider (Dallas, TX) and Wolf Spider (Chester Springs, PA).

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7 October, 2013:
We currently live in the Azores and have 2 of the attached spiders in our garden, we have a 2 month old and would appreciate you input on these. Personally, spiders kill all the nasty things that fly around, so we release when we can. I just need to know if we need to relocate these. Thank you Carrie

 

 

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7 October, 2013:
Hello glen, not sure if you still do this but I use to send you pictures of spiders I wasn't able to identify and you'd give me your expertise. I came across the biggest and strangest looking spider I've ever seen here in chicago and I'm really curious about what species it is. Thanks a lot! -Nick

 

 

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27 September,  2013:
I D spider

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25 September,  2013:
I almost ran into this little lady while harvesting tomatoes this afternoon. She has set up house between the rows and unfortunately seems to be catching honey bees. She can stay, of course, but I wish she would change her diet. Tim in San Anselmo, CA

 

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25 September,  2013:
Glen, Saw your e-mail on the spiderzule website. Here is what I fuond today on my window. Enjoy! Nice specimen just restnig there. Two egg sacks right next. There are lots of black "love-bugs" flying around and they were all trapped on a large web structure there. Breakfast I guess... Juan G. - Diboll, TX.

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25 September,  2013:
Our beautiful garden spider. We went out a couple of mornings ago, to find her gone, but she did leave us a beautifully made egg case. We really like your website, and will refer to it now for all of our spider inquiries and facts! Thanks, Mike

 

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25 September,  2013:
hello we live in Toronto, Ontario Canada and saw this spider in our neighbour's yard it is about 1/5" across if you could identify it, that would be appreciated tks, daria

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25 September,  2013:
I live in Hollis, NH 03049. I just found this out side on my table . Should I kill it ? Thanks Bob

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10 August,  2013:
Hello, I would like to add some photos to your archive, if possible. I have always had an obsession for spiders and although these are fairly common, I would like to get them around if possible! Thank you for the site, Ruth

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4 August,  2013:
Spider ID

 

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4 August,  2013:
Hello, My name is Darron and I live in Eastern Carolina. I found this spider on my porch. Just wondering if it is dangerous to humans or not. Thank you for your time. Respectfully, Darron

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4 August,  2013:
Hello, I would like to add some photos to your archive, if possible. I have always had an obsession for spiders and although these are fairly common, I would like to get them around if possible! Thank you for the site, Ruth.

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15 July,  2013:
Texas spider.

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Reply: Thanks - glen

24 June,  2013:
Sorry again , and here is a nice argiope to brighten up your day. Once again, found at a parrot aviary near Lockhart Texas . ;-) Jackson

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Reply: This is a black and yellow argiope   - glen

15 November, 2012:
I just wanted to say I embarrassingly enough have just discovered your site and I love it. I recently received a new camera & love taking pics of the critters here in north west FL...of course spiders are one of my all time favorites! I'm not great or anything and the spiders are common here but I thought you might appreciate seeing some of the pretty spiders my yard has to offer

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Reply: This is a black and yellow argiope   - glen

25 September, 2012:
Any chance you'd mind helping us identify this spider. Found him midweb near ground in back of our house in NC. We live in suburb but our particular house backs up to a forest. Thanks!

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25 September, 2012:
Hello Glen! First I want to say THANK YOU! Living near the woods in North Carolina I have come to be a huge arachnid fan! I had a few questions for you if you have time to answer them. I've been a bit confused about the difference between a Garden/Corn Spider, Black and Yellow Argiope and a Golden Orb Weaver Spider as I have seen several sites with a my spider friend having different names. I just want to know what to call her when I share images with friends. I've also included an image of her 4 egg sacks... and she is still alive so I'm holding out for a possible 5th... I wish I had a time capture camera so I could record it. She is beautiful and I'm going to miss her when she goes. Any idea what will happen with the eggs. I know they hatch in the fall but don't emerge til spring, however my husband is aracnaphobic and is worried we will be over run with spiders as they are placed directly on our house.. should I worry?  Thanks soo much for taking the time to read this and help me if you can. I really appreciate it! Best Wishes! Kitty Smart

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25 September, 2012:
any idea what kind of spider this is? it is outside my window.

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Reply: Spiders are venomous not poisonous and this one is not considered dangerous- glen

2 September, 2012:
We just moved into a new house and found this 'tenant'. We have a young child too so of course I'm nervous! Is it poisonous?

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Reply: This is a black and yellow argiope   - glen

2 September, 2012:
I was harvesting zucchini for market on Friday, August 31, 2012, and met this garden guest perched high in a web about halfway down the row. My secret hope is that sheíll attract the numerous cucumber beetles infesting the plants with her bright yellow colouring. Although I donít usually like to get up close and personal with spiders, this beauty just had to be captured on camera. We live in Eastern Ontario, Canada, and this is the first Iíve ever seen. I estimate her to be about 2 inches in length. Sheila

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Reply: This is a black and yellow argiope  and harmless. They are often also called banana spiders but there is also another banana spider from Sth America that is deadly!!  - glen

2 September, 2012:
Hi there, My name is Kristen  and I am emailing you from Vidor, Texas about 30 minutes away from Louisiana. My family and I were outside today dealing with a pipe issue when I propped my hand and leaned up aginst my side door to my garage. Inches from my head I happened to look up and see this spider. Please I need your help. I have googled it and there are so many people who have said that its two different spiders. Banana Spider and the Argiope Aurantia. Its a difference between poisonous and harmless. I am deathly afraid of spiders and I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old running around outside alot. For their safety will you please confirm or deny if this is harmless or not? Thank you very much for your time and answer. Sincerely, Kristen

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Reply: This is a black and yellow argiope  - glen

26 August, 2012:
What is this spider in our garden?

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Reply: Yes this is an argiope too - glen

19 August, 2012:
Hi, Found your website and am trying to figure out a type of spider we found in our backyard. I realize you are in Australia and I am from the United States so I donít know if you can help or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated. From my research it looks a lot like an argiope from pics I looked at.

 

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Reply: This is an argiope too - glen

19 August, 2012:
Hi, I just took a picture of a spider in our garden and was browsing the Internet to find out which one it is. I came across your website and your email. I live in New Jersey, USA. Could you identify this little creature? Thanks for your help! Sonja

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Reply: This is an argiope   - glen

19 August, 2012:
an you identify this? It's beautiful and the way it repaired it's web is so neat.

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21 July, 2012:
Spider on rain soaked web, argiope and others photos from Ellen

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21 July, 2012:
Greetings: I am a UW student living in Eau Claire Wisconsin and came across this spider at work the other day. He was really aggressive and large about the size of my palm. Really curious as to what he is. Thanks!

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