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Silver Argiope

Argiope argentata

Description:

White, orange and brown spider about 10mm long with very long legs that are doubled up. The cephalothorax is silver. The abdomen is spiny. "These orbweavers place a conspicuous zigzagging white silk banner in their webs called the "stabilimentum" which can be used to identify the species. In this species four stabilimenta form a cross in the web of mature spiders. Juveniles of many species, including this one, spin a spiralling stabilimentum from the center of the web. The function of the stabilimentum is not fully understood. Hypotheses are; that it stabilizes the web, or makes it more apparent to birds which will thus not fly into and wreck it, or it reflects light to attract insect prey, or perhaps most likely helps to camouflage the spider in the web." - BugGuide

Habitat:

Chaparral


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1 Comment

I think she is too :) Thank you for the comment, StirredMocha.

StirredMocha
StirredMocha 4 years ago

Beautiful!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 33.06, Long: -117.07

Spotted on Aug 26, 2014
Submitted on Aug 27, 2014

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