Inside door at Buck Institute; about 20 mm; female
I fed this female a cricket from the pet store as part of a field experiment that my 6th grade class is doing on Argiope predation behavior. We have found about 15 individuals of this spider at our study site. We would have had more but their habitat gets mowed. We are hoping for no mowing next year.
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.