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Spider - Argiope aurantia

Spider - Argiope aurantia
Gainsville, Florida, USA
May 29, 2005
Size: less than an inch
Can't find in any of my books. Found in Gainsville FL

Great photo!


Argiope Spider.....
.... probably an immature (based on the stabilamenta pattern in the web), and possibly the species A. aurantia, based on comparison with photos in Thomas Eisner's fine book "For Love of Insects." Look for the book at your library. It is a fascinating read, and it covers a good bit of his work with spiders in Florida at the Archbold Research Station.

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