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Species Argiope blanda

Possible blanda (ID not verified) - Argiope blanda
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Araneidae (Orb Weavers)
Genus Argiope
Species blanda (Argiope blanda)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Very similar to A. argentata, however the adult doesn't have the rounded "Mickey Mouse ear" shaped protusions on the anterior of the abdomen. The ventral markings are also different.
In the US, this species is only found at the very southern tip of TX.
The images placed here are from the southern tip of Texas. They may be A. blanda or A. argentata. We are just placing them all here until we learn how to separate the two species.
Print References
~ Comments and New Records for the American Genera Gea and Argiope with the Description of New Species, Levi 2004.