One very common species during this time of year, the silver argiope (Argiope argentata) is also among the most impressive of our local. Silver argiope. Argiope argentata. Araneae: Araneidae This spectacular orb- weaving spider is common in Southern California in the Summer and Fall. Hide 10 20 30 40 GNAAGLGAAL SQAVSSVGVG ASSGTYANAV SNAVGQFLAG QGILNGANAA 60 70 80 90 SLASSFASAL SASAASVASS.

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Bugguide is hosted by: Once mature, they will mate but once or twice before they die. After taking a few shots of the pair, I was witness to another fascinating but quite unexpected aspect of silver argiopes: Usually, males that manage to breed and not fall prey to their partner, spontaneously die during or immediately after their second mating.

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These are small kleptoparasitic or commensal spiders which feed on insects trapped by their xrgiope web. Ghione, S, Costa FG Female attack is not necessary for male copulatory organ breakage in the sexually cannibalistic spider Argiope argentata Araneae: Silver Argiope – Argiope argentata. Furthermore, our field studies show that in the presence of abundant stingless bees, spider decorating behavior is induced. Argiope argentata Fabricius[1].

Argiope argentata

We propose that argentataa high correlation between web decorating in the presence of stingless bees supports the hypothesis that A. During mating, parts of his copulatory organs break off in place, which serves as a sort of plug to prevent potential future suitors from mating with the same female.


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Garden orbweavers rebuild their webs each morning in their typical habitat, field edges, open woods and gardens. The species can potentially be distinguished due to the four projections on the abdomen being more rounded on A.

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San Diego Natural History Museum. Bugguide is hosted by: Please consider a year-end gift to BugGuide! That male then jumped onto the female and quickly mated with the her.

Our laboratory studies reveal that the decorating behavior of the spider A. As with most members of the genus Argiope[ citation needed ] the female of the species tends to be much larger than the male. Fabricius[1]. Alerts In Effect Dismiss. We strive to provide accurate information, but we are mostly just amateurs attempting to make sense of a diverse natural world.

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A Day in the (Short) Life – of the male Silver Argiope (Argiope argentata)

Another male stands by. Juveniles of many species, including this one, spin a spiralling stabilimentum from the center of the web.

The spider genera Gea and Argiope in America.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. If you argilpe expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. Identification Posterior half of the top side of the abdomen is dark-colored with “windows” of white. Arrgiope Events Discussioninsects and people from the BugGuide Gathering in VirginiaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in WisconsinJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in VirginiaJune This page was last edited on 28 Mayat Nevertheless, our field surveys also suggest that spiders that decorate their webs show reduced survivorship.

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Female in California dorsal side. Females of the Argiope blanda species are very similar to Argiope argentata females. Click the contributor’s name for licensing and usage information.

Argiope argentata Female in California dorsal side Scientific classification Kingdom: