Golden Orb Spiders
Your website has been invaluable to me this past year as my 6-year-old daughter and I have been learning to identify the bugs we’ve come across. We saw this beautiful pair of spiders last week and I thought the photo came out great. When you enlarge it, the detail (hairy legs, etc) is wonderful. I believe it is a pair of Golden Orb Spiders. Thank you for the wonderful work you do!

Hi Dana,
Your amazing image shows the marked sexual dimorphism exhibited by Argiope aurantia, the Golden Orb Weaver. The much larger female dwarfs her mate who shares her web as he avoids being eaten until the opportunity arrises to consumate the mating act.

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