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Argiope sp

Argiope sp
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Copyright: Enio Branco (Brutamonte) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 92] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-21
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Sony Cybershot W50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 4:34
Viewed: 4015
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
The largest orb weaver in our gardens is the black and yellow argiope (Argiope aurantia). Actually, only the female is large, the males being much smaller by comparison. Although big enough to deliver a bite, these spiders are not poisonous or aggressive. The black and yellow argiope is also called banana spider, yellow garden spider, zipper spider, golden orb weaver and writing spider. There are a number of other species in the genus Argiope, but most that occur in the U.S. are restricted to tropical climates. A related species inhabits gardens in Europe. Because they make such big webs and are brightly colored, it is impossible for a resident argiope to remain unnoticed in the garden or, as they sometimes look for sheltered areas, on the side of a house. The argiope spiders make excellent photography subjects because they don't react to the camera lens. Part of the reason is probably their rather poor vision, as they do not rely on sight to catch prey, but on the vibrations produced in their webs.

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