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Spider (Golden Garden) or Argiope

Argiope aurantia
Spider (Golden Garden) or Argiope

Range

They are found throughout the U.S. and southern Canada and south to Central America.

Habitat

They live in bushes and grassy meadows.

Body Traits

They have a black, egg-shaped abdomen with yellow patches. They are about an inch long (males are smaller). Their front section has short, silvery hair. Their 8 jointed legs are black with reddish or yellow sections near the body.

Habits

They build orb-shaped webs with white zig zag bands, where the female sits head down waiting for prey. She rests with her legs held in pairs. If bothered, she drops to the ground and hides.

Diet

They eat small flying insects that get stuck in their web.

Reproduction

Females lay eggs in the fall in a brown, papery, egg sac that protects them through the winter. Then she dies and babies hatch out in the spring.

Spider (Golden Garden) or Argiope
Spider (Golden Garden) or Argiope

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
Genus: Argiope
Species: A. aurantia

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