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  • Silver Garden Spider - (Argiope argentata)

    Silver Garden Spider - (Argiope argentata)

    Silver Garden Spiders are a precious resource to have in a garden or park. They consume plant-harming insects and add a gleaming luster that few others can offer.

    Staff Writer (11/1/2017): The Silver Garden Spider can be found in the warmer, southern parts of North America. Young spiders can survive a frost, but that hardiness diminishes with age. They reside in parks, gardens or other open areas that have plants.

    The silver color on this helpful spider develops over time and this orb weaver can grow to be quite large in the garden. (Note: the size references for insects and arachnids do not include legs!)

    They weave their webs between plants or cacti and have an X-shaped stabilimentum (a zigzag pattern of thicker silk in the web). The stabilimentum aids in identifying it as a part of the garden spider family. They can be found sitting head-down in the middle of their webs.

    Few female spiderlings survive to maturity, but most of the males do, are they are usually eaten by a female after mating with her.

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    Silver Garden Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Silver Garden Spider
    Scientific Name: Argiope argentata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Araneidae
           Genus: Argiope
            Species: argentata

    Size (Adult, Length): 3mm to 16mm (0.12in to 0.63in)

    Identifying Colors: silver; black; yellow; red; orange; brown

    Additional Descriptors: metallic, silver, large, biting, venomous, shiny

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Texas; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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