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During our night tour in the Yatama Ecolodge we saw a lot of things, snakes, frogs, animals and spiders. This spider has my attention for the face on his back, it is funny to discover things like that.

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The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider,writing spider, corn spider, or McKinley spider. It is common to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. It has distinctive yellow and black markings on the abdomen and a mostly white cephalothorax. Its scientific Latin name translates to "gilded silver-face" (the genus name Argiope meaning "silver-face", while the specific epithet aurantia means "gilded"). Males range from 5–9 mm (0.20–0.35 in); females range from 19–28 mm (0.75–1.10 in). These spiders may bite if disturbed or harassed, but the venom is seemingly harmless to humans.


Spider Pavilion. The Los Angeles Natural History Museum. California.

This spider was in a web next to the trail down toward the river, awaiting a victim in its web. It was a bit windy, so I had to take several shots before I got enough of it in focus to be satisfied; fortunately, it was patient!

A jumping spider. Captured using reverse lens macro technique with Nikon 50mm 1.8G lens, manual focus, built-in flash.

Spinne unbekannter Art im Burleigh Head Nationalpark, Queensland, Australien


Spider of unknown species seen in Burleigh Head National Park, Queensland, Australia

© WJP Productions 2017


Wasp spider ♀ (EN)

The wasp spider (argiope bruennichi) is a species of orb-web spider distributed throughout central Europe, northern Europe, north Africa, parts of Asia, the Azores archipelago, as well as recent sightings in North American states such as North Carolina and Ohio. Like many other members of the genus Argiope, it shows striking yellow and black markings on its abdomen.


The spider builds a spiral orb web at dawn or dusk, commonly in long grass a little above ground level, taking it approximately an hour. The prominent zigzag shape called the stabilimentum, or web decoration, featured at the centre of the orb is of uncertain function, though it may be to attract insects. When a prey item is first caught in the web, the wasp spider will quickly immobilise its prey by wrapping it in silk. The prey is then bitten and then injected with a paralysing venom and a protein-dissolving enzyme.


Wespspin ♀ (NL)

De wespspin (Argiope bruennichi) wordt ook wel wespenspin of tijgerspin genoemd. De naam 'wespspin' heeft alles te maken met het uiterlijk; de spin kan niet steken en de beet is ongevaarlijk voor mensen. De wespspin is een van de grootste Europese spinnen. Vrouwtjes worden ongeveer 15 millimeter lang, mannetjes zijn dofbruin en veel kleiner, ze worden maximaal 5 millimeter. Vanwege hun geringe grootte worden de mannetjes maar zelden opgemerkt.


De wespspin komt oorspronkelijk uit het Middellandse Zeegebied, maar heeft zich verspreid naar het noorden tot in Noorwegen en komt in grote delen van Europa voor, ook in Nederland en België, zij het niet in grote aantallen. Zelfs in Groot-Brittannië wordt de spin sinds de jaren 20 aangetroffen, terwijl de Noordzee voor veel dieren een grote barrière is. Met name op zonnige plekken is deze spin te vinden. In Nederland was deze soort vrij zeldzaam, ze werd pas in 1980 ontdekt in Limburg. In tegenstelling tot hun zuidelijke soortgenoten zijn wespspinnen in het noorden van Europa niet het hele jaar door te vinden. Omdat het aantal warme maanden er beperkt is, hebben de noordelijke spinnen ook minder tijd om te groeien en blijven ze kleiner dan de spinnen uit het zuiden.


De wespspin richt zich qua voedsel vooral op springende en laagvliegende prooien zoals sprinkhanen, libellen en kevers, die tussen de grassen leven. De wespspin hangt altijd ondersteboven in het wielweb, dat te herkennen is aan de twee extra zigzag matjes die straalsgewijs vanuit het centrum zijn aangebracht. Deze worden het stabiliment genoemd. De exacte functie hiervan is niet precies bekend; zo zouden de witte banden insecten aantrekken door uv-licht te weerkaatsen, ook is geopperd dat door het stabiliment het web zichtbaarder is voor grotere landdieren, die er minder snel doorheen lopen en het web vernielen. Het stevige web kost de spin meer moeite om te bouwen dan soorten zonder stabiliment. Als een te zware prooi in het web terechtkomt, bijt de spin snel de draden door zodat de prooi niet het hele web vernielt. Het web wordt vanwege de voorkeur voor sprinkhanen dicht boven de grond tussen grashalmen en stengels gespannen.



is another name for these because of that zig-zag stabilimentum in the web. I recently saw a video of one creating that zigzag and found it fascinating. Spiders can adjust the "nozzles" of their spinnerets to create different kinds of webbing, and to make that part, the spider widened the dispersal so it came out thick like that while she tapped her abdomen back and forth from point to point.


This is the most common species of this genus that's local to me. Banded Argiopes are around as well, but I've only ever seen a couple of those. These are in the same genus as yesterday's bumpy spider.


Happy Arachtober 20, pt 1!


Black-and-Yellow Garden Spider, Argiope aurantia

Alexandria, VA

A small Araneus diadematus.


Eine Garten Kreuzspinne.


I'm not positive but I Think this is a Venusta Orchard Weaver. But.... doesn't the abdomen look like a tiny watermelon?? LOL


(im Duvenstedter Brook)

Would this be another Orb Weaver?

This is the first time I've seen a spider on a web with eggs on its back. I'm assuming that they are her eggs and not a parasites?

My Yard.


Many thanks to all who take the time to view, comment and fave my images. Enjoy the day.


Just a little spider.... wonderful creatures they are ;-))

If someone knows what kind of spider this is, please let me know.

On the windowsill in my back garden

loving the colours of my washing on the line in the bokeh behind this spider

Waiting in its web

Casting a shadow below

Caught my attention

it was fast :)

i wonder if anyone knows this species???

Come into my web said the spider to the fly....


This spider comes through the day

Happy Web Wednesday!


Not too often a Jumping Spider gets to be in the web group.


26 Days till Arachtober.

This spider was sitting in the centre of a web on a footpath gate in Bala. The web looked like the work of the common garden orb web spider, but the colour and patternation of the spider look different. Many thanks to Alan Thornhill for the ID of Larinoides sp., most likely Larinioides sclopetarius (bridge spider).

Sorry to everyone who doesn't like spiders.

I took a couple of photos of this chap/ess on zoom. I liked what I could see on the screen, but oh how I wish I'd looked a little harder.

I'd have then taken another shot, but with the spider right in the middle of the 'blue square'. That's caused by the staircase and porch of a house.


Better viewed large and thank you for your favourites. :O)

Di questa foto mi ha colpito, soprattutto, il dorso del ragno che sembra avere le sembianze di una maschera.


Scattata con obiettivo Zuiko Om 50mm + tubo di estensione macro

Like jewels on the spiders web!

Having trouble deciding which of these photos I like the best, so they're both going up.

or Cross spider on account of the white '+' cross-shaped mark on the abdomen. They're most frequently seen in September and October, when they reach adult size.


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