The Silver Garden Spider can be found in the warmer, southern parts of North America. Young spiders can survive frost, but that ability leaves with age.
Its silver color devlops over time and this orb weaver can grow to be large in the garden. (Note: size references do not include legs!)
They weave their webs between plants or cacti and have an X-shaped stabilimentum (zig-zag pattern in the web) which aids in identifying it. They can be found sitting head-down in their webs in parks, gardens or other open areas that have plants.
Few female spiderlings survive to maturity, but most of the males do, usually eaten by a female after mating with her.
Common name: Silver Garden Spider
Scientific Name: Argiope argentata
Adult Size (Length): 3mm to 16mm (0.12in to 0.63in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: silver; black; yellow; red; orange; brown
General Description: metallic, silver, large
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): California; Arizona; New Mexico; Texas; Oklahoma; Louisiana; Mississippi; Alabama; Georgia; Florida; Mexico
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