Argiope aurantia, the Black and yellow argiope spider, photographed in Volusia county, Florida (08 September 2013).
Ah, yes. Here’s a lovely spider quite common throughout peninsular Florida and, in fact, much of the Central and North America. This is Argiope aurantia, the Black and yellow argiope spider. As is the case with many spider species, there is no shortage of common names for this species. It’s also known as the Garden spider to some, the Corn spider to others, and even the Yellow orb weaver and/or Yellow garden spider to many, many others. A nice reminder of why it’s good to know the binomial taxonomic classification: for me, Argiope aurantia is easier to remember than all those common names…
Continue reading Argiope aurantia, the Black-and-yellow argiope spider, at Bulow Creek State Park, Florida; 08 September 2013
The black and yellow argiope, Argiope aurantia, is one of the more-common and widely-distributed North American spiders. Also known as “garden spiders,” these dudes and dudettes are commonly seen in yards and gardens across the whole of the North American continent. As is usually the case in the spider world, females (featured above) are much larger than the males (featured below); females reach lengths of about an inch. Black-and-yellow argiopes are pretty easy to spot and identify (especially the brightly-colored females). A very distinct, cool species.
Continue reading Argiope aurantia (Black and Yellow Argiope), 02 August 2011