Black-and-Yellow Argiope by rhoing

Black-and-Yellow Argiope

It was easy to find the likely ID for his spider. Its BugGuide page has this information for identification: “Stabilimentum (reinforced area) in web makes a vertical zigzag band above and below the middle of the web. Juveniles make a circular stabilimentum in the center of the web.” Sorry I didn't find a juvenile!!

Confirmed at BugGuide as “Argiope aurantia” or “Black-and-Yellow Argiope”;

Species page at BugGuide,

1 year ago (“Unknown in garden”):
2 years ago (“Pearl Crescent”):
3 years ago (“The long cast comes off (at long last)!”):
4 years ago (“Hey, there’s a master gardener next door!”):
5 years ago (“August abstract #2”):

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Absolutely fascinating! xx
August 22nd, 2016  
Great shot! My grandmother called these rick-rack spiders. I see more of them in the winter around here but I think that's because it's easier for my old eyes to see their webs.
August 20th, 2020  
@marlboromaam BugGuide's data page has 42 records of this spider in South Carolina: June: 3; July: 6; Aug: 17; Sep: 12; Oct: 1; Nov: 0; Dec: 3. Not exactly sure what this means!
August 20th, 2020  
@rhoing Sightings I think. I just don't want to see anymore brown widows! Ack!
August 20th, 2020  
@rhoing This idiot just sat down right next to it to take it's picture before I knew what it was.
August 20th, 2020  
@marlboromaam I'd never heard of Brown widows before today. Thanks for broadening my knowledge!
About their bites:
August 20th, 2020  
@rhoing I submitted it to and they identified it. Yes, bite is neurotoxic!
August 20th, 2020  
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