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Species Argiope blanda

Possible blanda (ID not verified) - Argiope blanda Orbweaver - Argiope blanda Argiope blanda - female Argiope blanda - female Argiope blanda - female Argiope blanda - female Argiope blanda - female Argiope blanda - female
Classification
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 (Garden Orbweavers)
Species blanda (Argiope blanda)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Argiope blanda O. Pickard-Cambridge, 1898
Identification
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.
Range
southmost TX.
Remarks
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
Jäger, P. (2012). A review on the spider genus Argiope Audouin 1826 with special emphasis on broken emboli in female epigynes (Araneae: Araneidae: Argiopinae). Beiträge zur Araneologie 7: 272-331, 358-362.
Levi, H.W. (2004). Comments and new records for the American genera Gea and Argiope with the description of new species (Araneae: Araneidae). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 158: 47-65