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Writing Spider

Argiope aurantia


Large spider with black and yellow markings on abdomen, and silvery grey cephalothorax. Web appox. a foot and a half across, with zig-zag of silk in center.


Web was stretched between a short sapling and a fence nearby my compost bin.


When the web was disturbed, the spider bobbed violently. At first I thought that this was simply because the spider was heavy, and it was a little windy anyway. But when I got closer, it looked to me like the spider was actually bouncing the web on purpose. I believe that shaking the web helps dislodge any unwanted debris that might fall into the web, but also helps to entrap any small insects that are caught - see the video clip I took. The entire compost bin area has become a really interesting community. There are at least 3 different species of spiders, sow bugs, various gnats and flies, and all sorts of other visitors.

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Black and Yellow Argiope (Female)
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1 Comment

LucBertrand 10 years ago

wow she is very big! I would like to find one like that. You're lucky! Your photos are superb and it is very ajit on the video I think she does not like to be filmed hihihi I put this now favorite to watch again later :)

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Dayton, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2011
Submitted on Sep 12, 2011


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