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Zipper Spider

Argiope aurantia


This spider was very happy hanging around my garden off my back porch. It gave me an opportunity to observe its two web prey-catching strategy. One web was a hodge-podge just to throw its prey off and the main web was very symmetrical and tightly woven. After eating, this spider would place the remains of the prey on a leaf below the web so that the odor from the decomposition would entice other preys near the web. She would move just enough to panic the new prey into the web and capture more food. She stayed in my garden about 2 - 3 weeks. During that time, she also had 2 suitors. I know 1 ended up in the web.


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Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Lat: 32.99, Long: -80.11

Spotted on Jul 15, 2013
Submitted on Nov 27, 2013

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