Silver Garden Spider (Argiope argentata) 102108

Silver Garden Spider (Argiope) Brownsville TX, 102108The photo on the right was taken by Lutz S., in Brownsville, TX on 102108.  Lutz at first glance thought this a yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia), as the two are very similar in appearance. Even the specific names of these two spiders are nearly identical. But, no, though similar--in form, color, and name--they are quite different in many way, especially when examined closely, as comparison images on the next page demonstrate. The silver garden spider receives its common name from the fact that a considerable portion of its dorsal body is clothed in a bright, silvery pubescence. The yellow garden spider sports a similar pubescence, but only on a portion of its carapace,and not--as with this species--on a considerable portion of its abdomen as well. A third species, the banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata), is included in the comparison on the next page for good measure. That species may actually have more silvery pubescence, overall, than either of the other two. But its silvery coat is broken, on its abdomen, by a prominent series of dark bands, while the silver garden spider has much of its dorsal abdomen gloriously covered with silver, unbroken by any but a few punctuation marks.  NEXT PAGE ---- PAGE MENU:  1  *  2  *  

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