spider identification
Location:  Central Florida
August 16, 2010 7:56 am
can you ID this spider living outdoors in florida?
Rockett

Golden Orbweaver

Hi Rockett,
Here in California, this spider is known as the Golden Orbweaver, but to avoid confusion, you should probably use its scientific name,
Argiope aurantia.  Common names often vary from location to location, but the scientific names are constant unless there are taxonomic changes and revisions. Argiope aurantia, in addition to its common name Golden Orbweaver, is also called Yellow Garden Spider, Yellow Garden Orbweaver, Black and Yellow Argiope and Writing Spider.  The final name refers to the zigzag pattern in the web known as the stabilimentum.  See BugGuide for more information on the Golden Orbweaver.

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