The lustrous Silver Garden Spiders are a precious resource to have in a garden or park because it consumes plant-harming insects.
The silver color on this helpful spider develops over time and this orb weaver can grow to be quite large in the garden. Extremely long legs half silver and half black and white bands. The abdomen is bumpy with orange, yellow, and black stripes. This spider weaves its web between plants or cacti. A zigzag pattern made of thicker silk called a stabilimentum helps identify it as a part of the garden spider family. The spider is usually found sitting head-down in the middle of the web. Few female spiders survive to maturity, but most of the males do, and they are usually eaten by the female after mating with her.
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.
Scientific Name: Argiope argentata
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 16mm (0.12in to 0.62in)
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Legs: Spiders have four pairs of legs and these are attached to the cephalothorax.
Pedipalps: Small appendages near the mouth used as taste and smell organs.
Cephalothorax: Contains eyes, head, mouthparts, and legs.
Abdomen: Contains various organs related to digestion, reproduction, and web-making.
Spinnerets: Used in the production of spider silk for fashioning webs or catching prey.
NOTE: Unlike insects, spiders have both an endoskeleton (internal) and exoskeleton (external).