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Orb-weaver - Argiope aurantia - male

Orb-weaver - Argiope aurantia - Male
DuPage County, Illinois, USA
August 1, 2005
Size: 25mm
Looks very similar to some male Argiope males I've seen, but this one was in my garage in a wispy wimpy few strands on the handlebars of a bicycle.

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Orb-weaver - Argiope aurantia - male Orb-weaver - Argiope aurantia - male

Argiope sp.
I think you are absolutely correct with the ID. The resting posture is classic for orb weavers, especially Argiope.

 
I've read that it's uncommon
I've read that it's uncommon to see males since they're usually fairly mobile, but I've been seeing up to 4 males in one web with a female--this is around a pond near Napa, CA. Is this usual behavior for them? How many times can a male/female mate? Also, I've noticed some females are HUGE, looking pretty swollen--do they get that way before they lay eggs? The bobbing thing they do is totally trippy; you really can't see them at all when they do that! Also, does anyone have any ideas for how to mark spiders/webs without capturing them and taking them back to a lab? Thanks!!

 
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Thanks! I was wondering about
Thanks! I was wondering about that...

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