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Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Argiope aurantia


Absolutely beautiful and rather large spider we saw this morning while hiking. Abdomen alone was at least an inch from back of head to tip of back end. All in all, she was probably around 2 inches and just as fat as can be, maybe 3/4 of an inch wide! I have never seen such a spider!


Thick conifer forest.


You can see the reddish legs, a grey head and orange fangs (rather large at that). I was unable to get a pic of the face and fangs, my camera would not focus on her head, kept focusing on the web! You can just see the fangs folded over in the pics here.

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Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Argiope aurantia
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BrandonBlount 10 years ago

Awesome Spotting!!! Very great macro shots!! I especially like the water droplets that are still on the web!!!

Michelle Parish
Michelle Parish 10 years ago

Thanks for the ID!

Michelle Parish
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Michelle Parish

Junction City, Oregon, USA

Spotted on Oct 2, 2011
Submitted on Oct 2, 2011


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