Canadian in Candia

August 17, 2009

Another lovely insect from my garden

Filed under: Bugs — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 7:30 am

I’m sorry for anyone who reads this blog with arachnophobia because I’m about to make a post that may send you running for the hills due to irational fears. We often come across Spiders in the garden. We probably have dozens of different varieties in a small area of the garden alone. I generally ignore them and let them eat bugs I dislike more.

But yesterday was different. I found this black spider with yellow dots on her back and belly and had to: 1) take pictures, 2) identify her. And because I spent a significant amount of time identifying what the spider was, you my readers must deal with my nerdiness.

First of all she had a strangely weaved web. I found a picture of an Orb weaving spider that looked like her so I dug deeper. After looking at dozens of pictures of different kind of (entirely harmless) orb weaving spiders I found what she was. A simple Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) eater of bugs (BugGuide here, Wikipedia here). I mean after all that work I would love to have a fancier name like Reynolds Goldbar Spider or something.

O.K. on to the pictures.
Argiope aurantia
Argiope aurantia

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3 Comments »

  1. I love taking pictures of all of the different animals in my yard and identifying them. When I first moved here I would do it for animal tracks that I found in the snow. That was one thing that made it fun to go out in the snow.

    Comment by Jes — August 17, 2009 @ 10:35 am

  2. Okay yep I’m runnin’ for the hills. YIKES!

    Comment by Becky @ Farmgirl Paints — August 17, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  3. Funny how some spiders are super gorgeous and super creepy at the same time!

    Comment by Hannah — August 20, 2009 @ 9:52 pm


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