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Banded Garden Spider

Argiope trifasciata


These spiders are very common around Midwestern farmland. This particular photo was taken on a farm in eastern Indiana. She spun her web in tall weeds near a grassy open area.


They spin their webs anywhere there are tall grasses and weeds.


As a kid I handled these spiders many times, letting them crawl around on my hands. I was never bitten. It's not common that these spiders will bite a human unless it is a female with an egg cocoon in the web (ref.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Black and Yellow Orb Weaver
Argiope aurantia Argiope aurantia

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1 Comment

cmcdivit 9 years ago

Thanks for your help with identifying this spider, Scott! It is definitely of the Argiope genus, but I think this one appears to be of the species trifasciata. The body on this one is not as bulbous and the black marking is not as pronounced as the aurantia.

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Indiana, USA

Spotted on Sep 28, 2008
Submitted on Jul 11, 2011

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