Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spider updates

Well, ding dong it! Our argiope in the Indigo spires is not a yellow argiope (Argiope aurantia) but a banded argiope (Argiope trifasciata)!! When I shot her October 19, I didn't see her topside, a dead giveaway to the species. However, I should have noticed the difference in leg markings. Oh, well. Now I know! I bet I haven't seen this species in our area for 10 years or more! Typically, I see yellow argiopes, which by this time of year are HUGE on their webs.

Checked on the green lynx children, and they're growing bigger. The mother wasn't around....

Click on the photo and you can see (barely) that the
spiderlings–like adults–have long spines on their legs.


Faith Kaufhold Ray said...

wonderful. the one I say had a lot of white on her oddly flat abdomen, brown and white stripped legs. She (I assume it was a she) was quite big, maybe 3 inches.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...


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