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Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope Aurantia)

 
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Black and Yellow Argiope (<i>Argiope Aurantia</i>)

A black and yellow argiope (Argiope aurantia) waits patiently for a small flying insect to become entrapped in its web. This spider is common in meadows and gardens. Its web is a distinctive, spiraling vertical orb that radiates out from the center. When disturbed (as this one became while I was taking its picture!), it likes to retreat from the web, usually to the ground. Imaged in September 2006.

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The OgreCute...

The Ogre

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...but not cuddly. Nice photo. Any showing the whole web (from further away)?
What is the spider's natural range? Widespread or not? Thanks for a good wildlife pic.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 5:41 pm

Mark DoironRe: Cute...

Mark Doiron

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Thanks for looking, Ogre! It is widespread in much of North American (doesn't do the Rockies or the Great Basin, though). I also believe that the argiopes are seen worldwide.

I did try to take an image with the spider on a dampened web. I used a fine mist to spray the web, but that made Argiope skittish and he ran into hiding. I could have, but didn't, take an image of the entire web. But, if that's important to you, PM me with an e-mail address. I know where this guy lives and can go back and get one! ;-) --mark d.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 7:17 pm

The OgreRe: Cute...

The Ogre

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You don't need to go out of your way, but thanks for offering... :) When I get around to it, I'll put up a nice spider photo I took a couple months ago. I'll pm you to let you know. Thanks again for the nice post. There are so many landscape photos here, and rightfully so, but I like to see wildlife as well.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 11:47 pm

PeterCorneliusSpaethRe: Cute...

PeterCorneliusSpaeth

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Yes indeed, worldwide spread species. Seen them in a Katmandu/Nepal hills a lot and did not know what kind of spiders they are. BTW: very nice nature pics landscape pics you posted... Cheers, Peter
Posted Oct 9, 2007 7:24 pm

Mark DoironRe: Cute...

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Peter, for looking and commenting. --mark d.
Posted Oct 10, 2007 6:29 am

Bob Sihlerspider

Bob Sihler

Voted 10/10

I love this shot. I have similar ones of the same type of spider, and one shot, made with a macro lens, has that colorful back filling the view in enough detail to see the dew on it. I'm glad to see someone else is willing to get so close to spiders, which I think are fascinating and beautiful creatures. I don't even kill the ones in my house; they get taken outside.
Posted Oct 27, 2006 12:34 am

Mark DoironRe: spider

Mark Doiron

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The only ones I find in my house are fiddlebacks (brown recluse). They're just too dangerous, so I do kill them. All others are safe, even the black widow that lives in the wall just outside my garage door. As long as he stays outside. --mark d.
Posted Oct 27, 2006 11:34 am

SajamaHi !

Sajama

Voted 10/10

Hi, Mark! Your strange attraction for the spiders is becoming art!

Cheers.
Posted Nov 17, 2006 8:54 am

Mark DoironRe: Hi !

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Sajama. But I can be just as startled as the next person by a spider suddenly appearing on me! I do respect the important role they play in nature. --mark d.
Posted Nov 17, 2006 11:06 am

Arthur Digbeegreat spider!

Arthur Digbee

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I love the lighting in this shot, which I know is hard to get right. Super spider, makes me want to bring her home (not).
Posted Dec 19, 2006 8:10 pm

Mark DoironRe: great spider!

Mark Doiron

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Thank you, Arthur, for taking a look (and not taking her home!). --mark d.
Posted Dec 19, 2006 10:48 pm

Mark DoironRe: FANCY!

Mark Doiron

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You bet! :-) --mark d.
Posted Nov 24, 2007 7:21 am

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Mark DoironSubmitted by Mark Doiron
on Sep 20, 2006 4:40 pm

Image ID: 227565
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Lat/Lon: 35.44655°N / 97.34226°W
Object Title: Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope Aurantia)

Image Type(s): Wildlife