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Silver Garden Spider (Argiope argentata)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Silver Garden Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 11/1/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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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.

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.

Picture of the Silver Garden Spider
Picture of the Silver Garden Spider

Silver Garden Spider Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 3 mm to 16 mm (0.117 inches to 0.624 inches)
Identifying Colors: silver; black; yellow; red; orange; brown
Additional Descriptors: metallic, silver, large, biting, venomous, shiny

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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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