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Black and white striped spider - Argiope aurantia

Black and white striped spider - Argiope aurantia
Spring Hill (Northern Hudson), Pasco County, Florida, USA
July 16, 2008
Size: Approx. 6 cm
I have two of these, both appearing in tall grass about 1 1/2 feet from the ground. The smaller is about 5 cm and the larger is about 6 cm and appears to be growing noticeably over the last two weeks. When the camera gets within about 15 cm, the web begins to pulsate back and forth although the spider does not seem to move at all. The pictured specimen is in my garden and although I have been on this property for 30 years, I have not noticed one before. Do I need to be "careful" when weeding? Thanks for being there. Great site.


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Argiope aurantia
and they do bounce their webs! When you ask about being careful, if you mean is she dangerous to you. No. If you mean are you possibly dangerous to her. Yes.

Argiope Aurantia
Thanks for your ID and advice. We'll have to move her when we till.

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