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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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wes25

Date

July 20, 2019 07:57 PM HST

Description

This is the largest of the Golden Argiopes around our house; she is beginning to look very matronly now.

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Rabid Wolf Spider Rabidosa rabida

Observer

wes25

Date

July 20, 2019 08:19 PM HST

Description

The second wasp victim I found this evening; this individual was upside down when I first spotted her, and she was so large I thought she was a small tarantula.

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Rabid Wolf Spider Rabidosa rabida

Observer

wes25

Date

July 20, 2019 08:17 PM HST

Description

Another spider wasp victim. In this case the wasp was hovering around at first, but I only had my phone camera and couldn't get a photo of her.

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Rabid Wolf Spider Rabidosa rabida

Observer

wes25

Date

July 17, 2019 08:41 PM HST

Description

Large Rabid Wolf Spider, fallen prey to a spider wasp - the second image shows part of the drag tracks in the sand from the wasp's efforts. Last night I posted a Dotted Wolf Spider of almost identical size nearby. The wasps are finding plenty of prey this year - with all of the grasshoppers around, this is not surprising.

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Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

wes25

Date

July 16, 2019 07:02 PM HST

Description

Lovely young female Pipevine Swallowtail, feeding from Lantana horrida in the backyard

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Dotted Wolf Spider Rabidosa punctulata

Observer

wes25

Date

July 16, 2019 07:03 PM HST

Description

This large female had apparently fallen prey to one of the many spider wasps we have in the area.

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Silver Garden Orbweaver Argiope argentata

Observer

wes25

Date

July 15, 2019 12:08 PM HST

Description

This is the larger of the two Argiope argentata females in (or near) the Century plant in our front yard. I have already posted a photo of her with her egg sacs and spiderlings, but this one is just of her and her meal.

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Silver Garden Orbweaver Argiope argentata

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wes25

Date

July 15, 2019 12:11 PM HST

Description

Adult female Argiope argentata - his is the smaller of the two remaining adult females on (or near) the Century plant in our front yard. She has not made any egg sacs that I have seen yet, unlike the other, larger female (already posted).

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wes25

Date

July 15, 2019 12:12 PM HST

Description

Adult male Argiope aurantia - this one has taken up residence by our front door. He is not currently actively courting any of the several females nearby, but I suspect that will change soon.

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wes25

Date

July 15, 2019 12:11 PM HST

Description

A young adult female Argiope aurantia in our front yard - this is another one of the females that I have been observing (and posting) since she was a spiderling. She is almost as large as the largest of the adults, in terms of leg span, and she will also be very large when she fully matures.

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wes25

Date

July 15, 2019 12:09 PM HST

Description

The largest Argiope aurantia I have ever seen feeding on a sung beetle on her web. She is an amazingly cooperative photographic subject, and photogenic to boot.

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Silver Garden Orbweaver Argiope argentata

Observer

wes25

Date

July 15, 2019 12:09 PM HST

Description

Female Argiope argentata (visible slightly out of focus, lower right center of the frame) with three egg sacs and a cloud of spiderlings. I have been posting observations of this female, and two others, all spring and summer long. Unlike the other female who made several egg sacs, this one is actively guarding hers.

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Labyrinth Orbweaver Metepeira labyrinthea

Observer

wes25

Date

July 15, 2019 01:45 PM HST

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Six-spotted Milkweed Bug Oncopeltus sexmaculatus

Observer

wes25

Date

July 16, 2019 10:55 AM HST

Description

Host plant Talayote

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wes25

Date

July 9, 2019 08:14 PM HST

Description

My favorite adult female Argiope aurantia, moved out from the house where I can photograph her from all angles. She had a male with her on her web last night (posted separately).

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wes25

Date

July 9, 2019 08:21 PM HST

Description

Adult MALE Argiope aurantia on female's web (shown with the female in frame in the third image of this series)

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Spinybacked Orbweaver Gasteracantha cancriformis

Observer

wes25

Date

July 4, 2019 05:21 PM HST

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Differential Grasshopper Melanoplus differentialis

Observer

wes25

Date

July 4, 2019 05:13 PM HST

Description

There are actually two individuals in this frame - we have these, and smaller species of grasshoppers, by the hundreds in the yard right now, which explains why we have so many Argiope and Neoscona spiders.

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Lined Orbweaver Mangora gibberosa

Observer

wes25

Date

July 4, 2019 05:09 PM HST

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wes25

Date

July 4, 2019 05:38 PM HST

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Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya

Observer

wes25

Date

July 4, 2019 05:27 PM HST

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Western Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona oaxacensis

Observer

wes25

Date

July 4, 2019 05:02 PM HST

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wes25

Date

June 26, 2019 05:39 PM HST

Description

This female by my front deck has turned out to be the largest Golden I have ever seen.

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wes25

Date

June 25, 2019 08:16 PM HST

Description

Our big Golden Orb Weaver (Argiope aurantia) just moulted again - I thought she was at full size the last time, but I was wrong. She is now officially (by my unofficial standards) HUGE. Once again, she was totally unfazed by all of my clambering about, taking flash photos from inches away from her... What an amazing animal. The second-last image is a full-frame, high-resolution image, uncropped in the original. Her shed exoskeleton preserves in exquisite detail the anatomy of her face, so you can see the size (tiny) of her chelicerae and fangs. The whitish thing hanging down from the moult is the back of her cephalothorax.

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Silver Garden Orbweaver Argiope argentata

Observer

wes25

Date

June 24, 2019 01:42 PM HST

Description

This is the smallest spider I have ever photographed (My index finger is in the frame in the first image) - but the web (especially the stabilimentum), the posture, and the presence of Argiope argentata females nearby all helped make this ID for me.

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Black-velvet Leatherleaf Belocaulus angustipes

Observer

wes25

Date

June 19, 2019 07:02 AM HST

Description

We seem to have a large population of these around my house. There was another one less than a meter away from this one when I took this photo.

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Striped Bark Scorpion Centruroides vittatus

Observer

wes25

Date

June 21, 2019 01:42 PM HST

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Silver Garden Orbweaver Argiope argentata

Observer

wes25

Date

June 16, 2019 02:42 PM HST

Description

Two more new egg sacs from Argiope argentata. I suspect that these are from the large female in the Century plant, making a total of four from her. She has apparently either left or died, as her web is vacant and deteriorating and she is nowhere to be seen. The (formerly) medium sized female is now almost as large as she was, and very leaden in the abdomen, so she may well be getting ready to lay eggs of her own.

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Silver Garden Orbweaver Argiope argentata

Observer

wes25

Date

June 16, 2019 02:42 PM HST

Description

Ventral view of the medium-sized female from our Century plant - though the large female seems to have either died or left. Second image shows a close-up of her cephalothorax, in fair detail. She also tolerates fairly close approach for photography.

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Rabid Wolf Spider Rabidosa rabida

Observer

wes25

Date

June 16, 2019 02:55 PM HST

Description

Possibly the same large female Rabidosa rabida that I observed three days ago(?). If so, this is one lucky wolf spider. The spider wasps are all over the place, and there she sits.

Feeds: Atom