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Silver Garden Spider (Argiope argentata)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Silver Garden Spider

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The lustrous Silver Garden Spiders are a precious resource to have in a garden or park because it consumes plant-harming insects.

Updated: 07/09/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Araneidae
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          Genus: Argiope
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            Species: argentata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Argiope argentata
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 16mm (0.11" to 0.62")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: silver; black; yellow; red; orange; brown
Descriptors: metallic, silver, large, biting, venomous, shiny

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 3mm (0.1in) and 16mm (0.6in)
Lo: 3mm
Md: 9.5mm
Hi: 16mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Silver Garden Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Silver Garden Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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