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Silver Garden Spider

Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775)

Family Araneidae - Orb Weavers

cf: Yellow Garden Spider, Banded Garden Spider

Silver Garden Spider - Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775)

New County Record

Bentsen-RGV State Park, Hidalgo County, Texas
ca. November 2005 (Josh Rose)

Range: S. Florida, s. Texas, s. California, south to Argentina

Texas Counties

Cameron, Hidalgo, and Nueces Counties (Allen Dean, pers. comm., 2007)

Similar species: There are seven Nearctic species of Argiope.

Texas taxa: Species and range per Allen Dean, (pers. comm., 2007).

Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775) - South Texas
Argiope aurantia Lucas, 1833 - Eastern 2/3 Texas
Argiope blanda O. P.-Cambridge, 1898 - Cameron County
Argiope trifasciata (Forskål, 1775) - Wide spread

Photos: Gorgeous dorsal shot, second shot, third shot, fourth shot

Etymology: Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775)

arg, -o (G). Shining, bright
ope, -o (G). An opening ?
argent, -at, -e (L). Silver; silvery

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