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Banded Garden Spider

Argiope trifasciata

Description:

Excellent beautiful spider with yellow and black markings. It is a form of argiope, definitely female. There are many types of argiopes. They are common in gardens throughout the world.

Habitat:

It lived in a hanging basket full of portulaca for about 1 month outside my front porch next to my flower garden. It was there during the August and September months. The habitat is hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. We are surrounded by woods and a nearby river.

Notes:

One day it was just gone and its web was destroyed. We figure a bird came down and ate it. In some countries argiopes have been used in "spider fighting" matches for centuries...see the wikipedia link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_figh... See additional spotting for additional photos: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/816...

1 species ID suggestions

Banded Garden Spider
Argiope trifasciata EOL: Argiope trifasciata

19 Comments

matimar1
matimar1 a year ago

Excelent spider spotting!
Wow I learned a lot.

TammyVerhovec
TammyVerhovec 2 years ago

Oh, Apple... I have seen ones like this in my yard also! Love these spiders..

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

Added to the mission Midwestern Gardens...feel free to join if you garden in the Midwestern United States.

http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8472...

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

I did bring a jacket but I found it awesome considering I came in the last week of Feb..first week of march....Monterey Bay was fantastic. See my seal I found in Carmel (link below).....was my first time out on the Pacific Coast (have been to Southern Cali since then) and I loved it! Muir Woods was the most amazing thing I have ever seen and stumbled into it simply by accident.

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/815...

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

One poet said that " The coldest winter is a summer day in San Francisco"
It is not as warm as Easterners think.I had a visitor from New York who complained why no one one asked her to bring her winter jacket!!
Were you travelling with a jacket?
Having said this , i do agree that San Francisco is pleasant .

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

I love the San Francisco weather! Excellent! We did a week there a few years ago and travelled from San Francisco to Monterey Bay and stopped at every beach part along the way...took us 9 hours for what should be a 2-3 hour drive. Was fantastic. And then we came back through San Jose and I now know what they mean when the talk about the California happy cows..brilliant rolling green meadows for those cows.

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

And, yes, I work hard on my garden...I feel like I shouldn't post pictures of flowers not from Michigan though...I will get some of our local plants this spring..we have some beautiful wild violet in the yard. And, I have never photographed spiders much (except this one) but we have some great ones.. will try to capture them in the spring.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

We are in San Franscisco and the same temperature here right now. It fluctuates between 30 and 60.
We moved from Chicago 12 years ago. But our heating bill is the same as in Chicago!!

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

Well it's now January and no snow to speak of at all.....unseasonably warm here this week. Was in the 40s today.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah! Looks like you have a beautiful garden. i was looking at your location and I thought where is the snow. Then I saw the date.

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

Maybe, she never laid any eggs that we saw. If she had we might have thought she abandoned afterward.

kellyadamms
kellyadamms 2 years ago

Hi Apple,
it is an amazing looking spider, beautiful colours. the web of our spider was also wrecked, perhaps they do it themselves. we too thought it had been eaten by birds.

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

Thank you for the identification!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 2 years ago

We want to see more of your photos keep sharing them, welcome on board

Apple
Apple 2 years ago

thank you. I have been hanging out here with an ID for probably a month or so..I am addicted to Project Noah! And then I remembered I had my great spider photos and decided to join.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 2 years ago

Welcome to project noah

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.96, Long: -85.67

Spotted on Sep 1, 2007
Submitted on Dec 22, 2011

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