Argiope trifasciata (F)
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|A female Banded Garden Spider hangs in her web and consumes prey. I don't know if they are any less common then the similarly colored Argiope aurantia .... however their web is almost always located much closer to the ground and some momentary knee-bending gymnastics is often necessary to visually verify this particular spider species. |
Size:Body length of mature female 10-26 mm;male 4-6 mm.
Color: Top of abdomen variable from silver to white with transverse bands of black, brown, and/or yellow. Trident mark frequently evident as well, the “tines” pointing to the hind end of the abdomen; underside of abdomen mottled black or brown with two parallel, vertical yellow stripes; carapace silver; legs strongly banded with black and yellow.
Eyes: Eye arrangement typical of orb weavers. Total of eight eyes.
Legs: Legs long; first two pairs of legs directed forward at rest in web, hind two pairs directed backwards.
Body: Abdomen oval, distinctly pointed toward rear.
Found throughout most of the United States (including Hawaii) and southern Canada; also the warmer regions of the entire globe, but absent from Europe and Japan and other places where Argiope bruennichi is found. Update: this species is now confirmed in the Mediterranean areas of Italy, but still appears to be absent from the rest of Europe.
Large, vertical, orb-shaped web is usually built close to the ground amid tangled grasses, weeds, and other vegetation. The main orb made by adult spiders can be 2 feet across or more. Web may be decorated with a loose, zigzag band of silk called a stabilimentum. Spider occupies hub (center) of web, hanging head down. The web is usually eaten and rebuilt every day, with the exceptions of the periods around molting and egg laying.
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Probably I wont be wrong if I say that this is a courageous capture with such a intentionally selected BG,and you have achieved the perfection in clarity as well as natural colours of the subject,My regards,_Joy.
Ciao Derek, fantastic spider on beautiful sky, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2012-09-28 0:59]
excellent image of spider. wonderful closeup. good background. tfs.
nice photo of this spider. I also like the blue sky as a background. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2012-09-28 7:48]
The colours in this photo are splendid. The clear contrast against the beautiful background is gorgeous. Good sharpness, details and centred composition.
Have a good weekend,
- [2012-09-28 8:46]
Hi Derek,great use of flash,to create this magic contrast between the colors of the spider and the sky in background,magnificent pov,details and composition,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano