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spider - Argiope florida

spider - Argiope florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
July 17, 2011

Moved from ID Request. It is a weird angle, but it can be ID'd as Argiope florida using the eyes & the humps on the abdomen.

I wasn't sure how to rule out
Argiope argentata

very similar
I think the legs of A. argentata tend to be less ringed (but not always) and I think that the two anterior dorsal bumps point more upward in A. florida and more forward in A. argentata.

Neat spider. Please add the date when photo was taken. Check the EXIF data.

Nephila clavipes - Golden Silk Orbweaver if my ID is correct.

why does it matter when the photo was taken? & btw it was taken 7-17-11

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Many species of insect have hundreds or thousands of images already on the site. If a particular image adds no scientific value, and is just one more picture, it is likely to be deleted from our site.
Also, many IDs rely on the date because certain insects are active at different times of the year.
Plus, there is something to be said for following a few simple instructions when you go to someone asking for info.

Tough angle for ID
I'm not sure if Argiope can be ruled out from this one image. Maybe the legs are too long for that?

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