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Yellow Garden Orb Weaver

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 September 2013 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the yellow garden orb weaver, black and yellow garden spider, writing spider, or corn spider. It is common to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. The etymology of its name means "gilded silver-face". Like other members of Argiope they are considered harmless to humans.

The web of the yellow garden spider is distinctive: a circular shape up to 2 feet in diameter, with a dense zigzag of silk (seen toward the bottom center), known as a stabilimentum, in the center. The purpose of the stabilimentum is disputed. It is possible that it acts as camouflage for the spider lurking in the web's center, but it may also attract insect prey, or even warn birds of the presence of the otherwise difficult-to-see web. Only those spiders that are active during the day construct stabilimenta in their webs.

Photo captured September 2, 2013.

NIKON D7000 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nicely captured Steven

5 Sep 2013 6:26am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Terrific macro shot Steve, superbly detailed.

5 Sep 2013 7:02am

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

A great great macro.

5 Sep 2013 7:15am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

superb macro*

5 Sep 2013 8:47am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Splendid macro !!!

5 Sep 2013 9:27am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful macro shot of this fellow.
I saw one of these in '09; see it here.

5 Sep 2013 1:46pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Un masque superbe, magnifique avec ses beaux détails.)

5 Sep 2013 3:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of this lady with the alien riding on her back. Growing up in the Mid-West, I remember seeing lots of these.

5 Sep 2013 4:06pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A really beautiful spider ... Excellent macro !!! The design on her back and the colors are wonderful ...

5 Sep 2013 4:12pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

That is one large spider! But is has beautiful markings. Fabulous capture.

5 Sep 2013 5:34pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

A nice one

5 Sep 2013 6:14pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A splendid macro with an excellent level of detail. Even the hairs in the legs are clearly visible.

5 Sep 2013 6:32pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a super shot, Steven :-) Nice one....

5 Sep 2013 8:08pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic close up! The details are just wonderful! This time of year these spiders come out and work on their webs all night. It is just fascinating to see them work.

6 Sep 2013 12:23am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Excellent shot and I can see the net too.

6 Sep 2013 2:21am

Abena from Illinois, United States

I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that! But the color and image are great!

6 Sep 2013 2:51am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Fine arachnid portrait. Excellent sharpness with only a bit of softness at the end of the front legs.

6 Sep 2013 3:26am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

What a handsome guy . . . as long as it isn't here.

6 Sep 2013 4:06am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Amazing looking spider, great colours,

6 Sep 2013 6:41am

L'angevine from Angers, France

qu'elle est belle

6 Sep 2013 7:39am

franz from Baden, Austria

superb macro of a wonderful and very handsome "helper" in the garden !

6 Sep 2013 7:21pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Yikes, get him OFF of me! ;-)

6 Sep 2013 7:26pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Very cool! I have one of these spiders in my garden now.

10 Sep 2013 2:47am