Sunday, November 20, 2011

Banded Argiope

The banded argiope spider, Argiope trifascianta, is a large spider that is found through out North America, as well as many other places around the world. As a member of the orb weaver family of spiders, Araneidae, their eye site is not as good so they spin large orb shaped webs in the tall grass.
I took these pictures in September of 2010 at the Minnesota Valley Refuge. I was looking for dragonflies and spotted the bright yellow color in the grass. Due to their bright yellow color they are often called the yellow garden argiope. Usually you do not see these spiders until the fall. Up to 10,000 spider hatch from the egg sack during the summer but they stay hidden until fall when they are large enough to protect themselves and mate.

8 comments:

Karen said...

That's a "pretty" spider!

Perry said...

I used to see these guys around all the time when I was a kid. Not so much any more. Perhaps I'm not looking in the right place. Thanks for sharing! Here is my entry.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Excellent shot. I like the bright yellow abdomen markings.

FotoAnna said...

I love the spider, lovely colors and sharpness!
Great shots...
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :))

em said...

I was about to ask where you saw this...this past summer with the temps as warm as they were we had a couple of orb web spiders around the exterior of our house, I'm not the biggest fan of these creatures, but they do take great pictures!

Victoria said...

I first saw one of these several years ago and had no clue what it was... have since learned a lot about orb weaver spiders and learned a bit more from your post today! Really nice images too!

Ida said...

Amazing Photo's. This is my favorite way to see a spider. I find them fascinating to look at as long as I don't have to get to close.

Kala said...

Great shots - I can see the details so vividly!

Happy MM