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Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Argiope aurantia - female

Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Argiope aurantia - Female
Trinity County, Texas, USA
July 5, 2006
I determined the species using Thomas Eisner's "For Love of Insects" (fascinating book!), and I used to identify her as a female.

Similar to other bug enthusiasts on this website, I sometimes observe Argiopes shake their web, especially when I draw close (usually within 3 feet). Eisner says this is a defensive behavior: "...[the spider] engages in a bobbing action...making itself a blurred target that is hard to grasp" (Eisner, 227).