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Argiope of sorts - Argiope trifasciata

Argiope of sorts - Argiope trifasciata
Branson, Ozark County, Missouri, USA
September 25, 2006
Size: 3"
What kind of Argiope? Anyone know? This is the only shot I have (ventral)... sorry!

Moved from Frass.

Moved from Spiders.

We've looked at ventral views
several times and decided we can't find anything that allows us to tell trifaciata from aurantia, but maybe we just don't know what to look for. Our experience, however, is that aurantia loses the very striped pattern on the legs sooner, so very striped aurantia similar to this have serious stabilimenta in the center of their webs. Since this has a striped-leg pattern and a light stabilimenta, we would lean toward trifasciata, but that's not a serious ID. It will be interesting to see what Jeff knows of this view of the two.

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