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Spider? - Argiope argentata

Spider? - Argiope argentata
davie, south Broward County, Florida, USA
June 21, 2006
Size: .5"

Argiope argentata?
The pattern looks more like Argiope florida (see Jeff Hollenbeck photo) but the body is unusually wide for that species. The stabilamentum clearly indicates this is a juvenile, so I'm curious if the color pattern will stay the same or actually become a more typical A. argentata when it matures. There are some specimens of A. argentata from outside the range of A. florida that seem to be similar to this too. So I think it is not clear which species it is yet, but A. argentata is probably the more common of the two species in Broward County.

Young Argiope
look at that stabilimentum it has created in the middle of its web. We would suggest Argiope argentata - Silver Argiope. Images can be seen in the guide here

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