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2650 Garden Spider

My husband was weeding and came across this spider in the flower bed at my daughters farm, and called me out to take a picture of his treasure.

 

Spider in the genus Argiope often go by the name garden spiders or writing spiders.

 

They are the large, colorful spiders that build their nests around homes and gardens.

 

The writing spider nickname comes from their web construction practices, which create webs with a series of Zs or Xs down the center.

 

Five different Argiope species are common in the United States.

  

Argiope do bite, however they are not considered dangerous spiders. You can normally approach them at close range for a picture

 

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Taken on August 6, 2010