Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve
Date Photo Taken: September 9, 2007
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A single individual out on a sunny day, not on a web. Late afternoon, humid, not windy. About a foot off the ground, very close to the edge of the Ouse where a large number of Mediterranean geckos and earth snakes live.
Periferia Presa Constitución. San Juan del Río, Querétaro 1917. Laura Uribe, Grupo Vasconcelos
Adult spider among Opuntia. Photo by Danielle Dawson
Large web suspended in between plants, vibrant color, had unknown prey in its web
Argiope trifasciata (also known as the banded garden spider in the United States) is a species of spider found around the world. It can be found in certain areas of Europe, namely the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands or Madeira. The similar looking Argiope bruennichi is common in the Azores. Considered a pest in some areas, they typically begin to appear during autumn from early September to late October as temperatures start dropping.