This is our friend the "writing" spider. I thought he/she was pretty huge
before he/she disappeared (do fish eat huge spiders?).
Technically, this is an Argiope aurantia,
otherwise known as a black and yellow garden spider, or a
"writing" spider, because he weaves a line of white X's down the center
of his web.
And yes, I know it should be Ms. Argiope...
The picture is actually upside-down, but it looks better this way.
Here's another argiope picture sent to me by an interested party
(Louie Verreault LVerreault@trwd.com):
And huge one found by 5-year old Morgen Knott (Perkiomenville, PA),
who named it ``ZIG-ZAG'' and sent me the pic.
And rather lean one sent to me by a woman named Colleen.
And a closeup sent by Adam from Michigan.
And one with an egg sac (All pictures are here),
from Tom Allen in Cupertino, CA:
Two pictures by Rob Matos:
And one from Manning Oachs:
And one from David Ziegler:
And more from Eddie Davis in Richlands, VA. The female is the big
one on the left, and the male is the wimpy one on the right....:
And one from Scott Spencer (Florida):
Michael Dietz (Peralta, New Mexico) submitted one, who acquired a mate a few
Another from Mr. Dietz
And yet another from Mr. Dietz
And one from Linda (Mulvane, Kansas):
And one from Mark (Jamestown, Ohio):
And one from Mark Binkowski (Lexington, KY):
And two from Terry Nance (Charlottesville, VA) -- eating
a Swallowtail Butterfly in the second picture
(Here's a blow up of the first picture):
Some kind of argiope, from Laguna Atascosa park in South Texas (near
Brownsville). Sent by Jim Michel.
One with seven legs, sent by Randy Mosteller, photographed at the
Zilker Botanical Gardins, Austin, Texas.
Here's one from Jeff Hosterman, Smyrna, GA.
And two pictures of one feasting, from Hailey Halderman, Topeka KS.
From Jennifer Arthur, Versailles, MO
From Jesse Guajardo, Brownsville, TX
From Stacy Carpenter, Chelmsford, MA. Photos taken by
From Hendrik Sharples, Portland OR.
Other argiope stuff on the web