Banded Argiope Orb Weaver Spider - Argiope trifasciata by MotherNature

Banded Argiope Orb Weaver Spider - Argiope trifasciata by 

There are a number of types of Argiopes, and this is one of the most commonly found in the USA. Their range is quite large – all of the USA and southern Canada and even into other parts of the world. They, themselves are of a good size and can appear scary, but they are not venomous in the way a Black Widow is. All spiders have venom, of course, but most don’t bite people. Common sense will tell you not to handle wild spiders since they can bite to protect themselves.

These Banded Argiopes are denizens of fields and meadow, preferring to build their webs in spaces between tangled vegetation. They are fully grown in late September or early October, mate, lay eggs, and then die. The spiderlings hatch during the winter but don’t leave their egg sack until spring. Nature is so clever!

We see them happily living among the tomato vines in the garden. I guess there is a good supply of bugs:>)

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We should appreciate them for all the mosquitoes, garden pests, and flies they catch!. Dedicated to hungry spiders!

This picture was taken in September, 2012, in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA, and I used the Sony H9 set to macro.

I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 2 years ago

  • This is a great idea – I might consider doing something on this order because it’s lovely! Thanks

    – MotherNature

  • vigor
    vigorabout 2 years ago

    Excellent shot and write up. I find them fascinating, but still would not want to walk into one as it’s easy to do. Love it!

  • LOL – thank you for enjoying my spider friend:>)

    – MotherNature

  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayabout 2 years ago

    I love spiders and believe they bring good luck. I am not formilar with this type but will see if I can find one here in the catskills.

  • They are generally lower to the ground in our area and like to be in the midst of stems and branches where there is an opening – average in the place I found this lady is 2 feet around. You’ll be more successful if you look in overgrown meadows and fields with such plants as dogbane and goldenrod. They are around in the summer but much smaller and harder to spot. This field abuts a reservoir. I can also find the Argiope aurentia here. You’re not so likely to find them in the woods, but they did like our garden, especially the tomatoes. Good luck with your spider hunt:>)

    – MotherNature

  • markhadafairday
    markhadafairdayabout 2 years ago

    thanks for the info

  • zpawpaw
    zpawpawabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot! They are very pretty and I would never handle them! We have some rather large ones here that we call banana spiders. Not sure of the real name! Similar to these. Nice shot and love the info you provided!

  • I bet your banana spiders are magnificent! I’ll have to go to your gallery and look for it:>)

    – MotherNature

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 2 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Thanks:>) You’re a peach!

    – MotherNature

  • KUJO-Photo
    KUJO-Photoabout 2 years ago

    W O W! What an amazing capture – great clarity and dof!!!

  • You’re so nice to come by and leave these lovely comments and faces! Many thanks:>)

    – MotherNature

  • MarieG
    MarieGabout 2 years ago

    Oh! my…….wouldn’t want to come face to face with this baby…..!!!!! Great capture!

  • LOL – they do look intimidating, don’t they. Thanks for the wonderful comment and the have – very much appreciated:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

    Superb capture of a spider with really beautiful markings! I haven’t seen this particular variety, but I’m used to seeing lots of orb weavers at my local botanical garden. I’ve learned to watch for their webs in early morning so as not to walk into them. :)

  • Aren’t they lovely:>) A garden is a good place for them and they do like gardens, but these that I find are denizens of fields and meadows. You’re so right about morning dew; isn’t it amazing how many webs are out there! Thanks for your visit!

    – MotherNature

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 2 years ago

    So simple so beautiful theme, great arrangement:)
    take care my artist friend,

  • I always love your visits, Sunny. Thank you for this lovely comment and the fave! These are such beautiful creatures, both species, that I can never resist taking some more pictures:>)

    – MotherNature

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