Thursday, October 12, 2017

Banded Garden Spider

Last Monday, this Banded Garden Spider guarded the green-beans at our CSA farm (Community Supported Agricultcure). This view is the bottom side of the spider. This is actually the second species of garden spider (Argiope) we have seen at the farm, the first being a Black-and-Yellow Garden Spider.

Banded Garden Spiders are widely introduced around the world. They prefer fields and prairies. They hang upside-down in their webs, waiting for flying or jumping insects to become entangled. Males die soon after mating. Females last until the end of Autumn. Females lay eggs sacs, each containing about a thousand eggs (Bugguide).

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