black and yellow argiope

(Argiope aurantia)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

black and yellow argiope

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NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Season

Large females seen late summer and fall

Habitat

Gardens, fields, roadsides

Size

Female: ¾ to 1 long

Male: ¼ to long

         
         
         
          Photo by Tom Baker

Identification

This may be the largest web-building spider in northern United States.

The adult female body is ¾ to 1 long.

The abdomen is egg-shaped and black. There is a vertical row of bold yellow spots on each side of the abdomen and two or three pairs of yellow spots in the middle.

The covering (carapace) of the front segment of the spider’s body (cephalothorax) is densely covered with short, silvery hairs. The sternum is black with a yellow vertical stripe.

The legs are ¾ to 2¾ long. The front legs are black with black femurs. The other legs are black with yellow femurs. Sometimes there are yellow bands on the legs. There are three claws on each foot.

The male is much smaller, ¼ to long.

 
Web

The web is constructed vertically in a sunny location with a nearby retreat. It is flat, circular, and up to 24 or more in diameter, with 30 to 50 lines (spokes) radiating from the center. It is decorated with a pair conspicuous, zigzag, vertical lines (stabilimenta), one above and one below the center. The stabilimenta are made of multiple threads of non-sticky silk.

The purpose of the stabilimenta is a matter of debate. Some think that because they are highly reflective of ultraviolet light their purpose is to attract insects. Others believe that their purpose is to prevent damage to the web by making it visible to low flying birds. A study in 1998 supports the latter position.

 
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Food

Large flying insects

 
Life Cycle

After mating, the female produces usually 1 to 3, rarely 4, egg sacs and attaches them to her web. Each egg sac is round, papery, up to 1 in diameter, and contains 300 to 1,400 eggs. The eggs hatch in late summer or fall. The hatchlings overwinter in the egg sac, not leaving it until the spring of the following year.

Adults die in the first frost of the fall, having lived just over one year.

 
Behavior

Adults are active day and night. The female sits head down in the center of her web, or concealed nearby in a rolled leaf, waiting for prey to be caught in the web.


Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 24, 30.

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Taxonomy

Order:

Araneae (spiders)

 

Suborder:

Araneomorphae

 

No Rank:

Entelegynae (eight-eyed spiders)

 

No Rank:

Orbicularia

 

Superfamily:

Araneoidea

 

Family:

Araneidae (orb weavers)

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

black and yellow garden spider

black and yellow argiope

corn spider

writing spider

yellow garden argiope


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Carapace

On spiders, the hard, upper, shell-like covering of the cephalothorax.

 

Cephalothorax

The front part of a spider’s body, composed of the head region and the thoracic area fused together. Eyes, legs, and antennae are attached to this part.

 

Stabilimentum

A decoration of the web of certain orb spiders; thought to attract prey and conceal the spider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Amber & Robert


OMG ITS HUGE!!!!

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Connie Peterson


"Charlotte" ???

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(castlerockmaterials)

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Jordan M.


Found on the deck by our front door.

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Kris M.


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Maggie Pace


Enormous.

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Lei


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Chris Reiter


Had a large web in the shrub.

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Shane Fox


  black and yellow argiope    

Tom Baker


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  Black and Yellow Garden Spider
DianesDigitals
 
  Black and Yellow Garden Spider  
 
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  Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)
Andree Reno Sanborn
 
  Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)  
     
  Black-and-yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)
Bill Keim
 
  Black-and-yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)  
     
  Argiope aurantia (Yellow Garden Argiope)
Allen Chartier
 
  Argiope aurantia (Yellow Garden Argiope)  

 

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  "Yellow Garden Spider" filmed by Dan W Andree
Dan W. Andree
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 22, 2017

A quick and up close look at a common, colorful spider known by several names such as Black and Yellow Garden spider, Golden Orbweaver, zig zag spider and several other names. About an inch in body length - legs not included. Add on the long legs and it can appear to be quite large overall. They typically build their webs in gardens, tall grassy areas etc. where they catch and seem to guard their food (insects). There is written text on this particular spider and what I have come to know about it at the beginning of the video so I will not go into any more detail here. Hope you enjoy it.

 
     
     
     

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  Garden Spider (Argiope Aurantia) vs. Cicada Killer (Sphecius Speciosus) PLEASE READ INFO
IloveSPIDERZ
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2008

This is probably the best video I have concerning the Black and Yellow Argiope Spider. The largest garden spider of the northern United States vs. one of the largest wasps in the world. This cicada killer was considerabaly alot larger than the Black and Yellow Argiope Spider, and I have never seen anything like this!

Please Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Best to watch in High qaulity!!!

THINGS TO WATCH FOR:
-At 3:52, you can see the wasp's huge stinger
-From 2:55-end of video, blurriness is GONE!!
-From 3:57- 4:40, the spider wraps the wasp for the last time
-From 4:40-4:53, you can see the spider biting the wasp with her fangs (better if watched in high qaulity).

I will continue posting more wildlife videos. Please feel free to subscribe!

 
     
  Female Black and Yellow Argiope Orb Weaver Spider - (Argiope aurantia)
Thomas Shahan
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2009

She probably won't live much longer - these Argiopes supposedly live only a year and die during the winter - and it's already getting cold here.

For more spider photography and videos, head on over to www.ThomasShahan.com

 
     
  Argiope Aurantia Wrapping Egg Sack (5)
IloveSPIDERZ
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 8, 2007

This is about three hours after the argiope spider was persistently working on the egg sack, shown in the last video I posted. She is still working on the protective covering of that egg sack.

Please subscribe, and thanks for watching!

 
     

 

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Amber & Robert
9/11/2018

Location: Litchfield MN

OMG ITS HUGE!!!!

black and yellow argiope


Connie Peterson
9/9/2018

Location: Storden, Cottonwood County

I found these two spiders in my doorway yesterday. I looked them up and the map shows that Cottonwood county is not marked as having them. Are they rare here?

black and yellow argiope

 
John Valo
9/9/2018

Black and yellow argiope have been reported in two neighboring counties, so it is not surprising that they are found in Cottonwood County as well. Cottonwood County is now included on the distribution map.


Birddog
9/5/2018

Location: Dakota County

(castlerockmaterials)

black and yellow argiope


Jordan M.
8/28/2018

Location: Mantorville, MN

Found on the deck by our front door.

black and yellow argiope


Kris M.
8/26/2018

Location: Burnsville, MN

black and yellow argiope


Anne
8/26/2018

Location: River Falls, WI

Has a web in one of our shrubs.


Maggie Pace
8/12/2018

Location: Lake Susan Hills, web spun off of a residential wooden deck, Chanhassen, MN

Enormous.

black and yellow argiope


Lei
8/11/2018

Location: Ham Lake

black and yellow argiope


M. Johnson
8/13/2018

Location: Garden in St Anthony

I was doing some deadheading of plants in my garden, I looked up and there it was twelve inches from my face. Beautiful and a little startling, I had never seen one before.


Pat Wessman
8/11/2018

Location: Silverwood Park, New Brighton, MN


Chris Reiter
8/10/2018

Location: Taylor Falls

Had a large web in the shrub.

black and yellow argiope


Sarah Rademacher
8/1/2018

Location: Pioneer Trail and Settlement Drive (Settler’s Ridge), Eden Prairie, Mn

Found lying in wait in some day lilies


Shane Fox
7/30/2018

Location: St. Paul, MN

black and yellow argiope


     
 

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