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Argiope aurantia

Argiope aurantia
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-23 11:06
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Looks like this spider is having a red legged grasshopper for brunch!

The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the black and yellow garden spider, writing spider, or corn spider. It is common to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. Males range from 59 mm (0.200.35 in) females from 1928 mm (0.751.1 in). Like other members of Argiope they are considered harmless to humans but the females, in particular, always look a bit ominous.

Garden spiders often build webs in areas adjacent to open sunny fields where they stay concealed and protected from the wind. The spider can also be found along the eaves of houses and outbuildings or in any tall vegetation where they can securely stretch a web. The circular part of the female's web may reach two feet in diameter. Webs are built at elevations from two to eight feet off the ground.

Female Argiope aurantia spiders tend to be somewhat local, often staying in one place throughout much of their lifetime.

The web of the yellow garden spider is distinctive: a circular shape up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter, with a dense zigzag of silk, known as a stabilimentum, in the center. The purpose of the stabilimentum is disputed. It is possible that it acts as camouflage for the spider lurking in the web's center, but it may also attract insect prey, or even warn birds of the presence of the otherwise difficult-to-see web. Only those spiders that are active during the day construct stabilimenta in their webs. You can just see the top of this specimen's stabiliments bottom center.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Argiope
Species: A. aurantia


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Hallo Derek
What a super image. Great point of view, showing some pleasant features of this spider with its beautiful markings and bright colours. The natural sunlight brings out all the colours to their full potential. A great macro with details well seen. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

WOAH now how about a feast!!! This guy didn't mind you photographing him either. Looks like NOTHING was going to mess with this feast. WELL DONE

Great capture :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-08-24 11:59]

Hi Derek,fantastic capture of this dinner moment fot this argiope,i know the fasciata but not this different subspecie,great choice of point of view to create this excellent contrast whit the sky and the top of details and colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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