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luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

September 28, 2005
11:05 AM

Post #1786231

Anyone know what this beauty is? I live in Pennsylvania and have searched quite a bit and can't find a match.
Thanks for any help, Ronnie

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kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



September 28, 2005
11:55 AM

Post #1786281

Your spider is the Black & Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)
http://bugguide.net/node/view/22378/bgimage

1gardengram
Fayetteville, NC
(Zone 8a)

September 28, 2005
12:43 PM

Post #1786335

That's a cool website. Never heard of it before.
Janett_D
Gamleby
Sweden
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2005
2:39 PM

Post #1786496

Here you have the same spider that kennedyh named with the exact amount of yellow dots on the back
http://spiders.entomology.wisc.edu/Araneidae/gallery.html
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 28, 2005
9:34 PM

Post #1787147

And I walked right into this one's web this morning and got her on my face. I lowered her to the ground unhurt.. She needs a new web though.

trois

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Janett_D
Gamleby
Sweden
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2005
9:44 PM

Post #1787167

Is the difference in spots on the back because its female-male, because i have seen photos of both with same name. or is it some other reason.
Janett
trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 28, 2005
9:51 PM

Post #1787177

These are always female. The males are very tiny and usually about 1/20 the size of the female, and are thin.
trois
ButterflyChaser
Northeast, AR
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2005
9:59 PM

Post #1787186

Also called Golden Orb Weaver, they are known for the big web they make that is strengthened in the center with a "zipper", a zig zag weave. They get huge and they love big bugs, like grasshoppers, wasps, and sadly, even butterflies. They are harmless to humans however, altho they are scary because of their visibility--bright and big.

I read that if their web is destroyed, they will try to repair it, as it takes so much out of them to build a new one.

At the end of the season, you may find little brown "sacks" about 3/4 to 1 inch big hanging around your house. That's their babies.

NancyAnn

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