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Huge spider
Location:  San Antonio, Texas
August 15, 2010 8:04 pm
I actually measured this spider, and she was about two inches from butt to mandibles. She doesn’t really look like any of the spiders I can find online.
This photo was taken August 14th, in San Antonio, Texas.
Andrea in San Antonio

Golden Orbweaver

Hi Andrea,
Your Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, is also known as a Writing Spider because of the zigzag stabilimentum that is woven into the web.  We expect to be getting numerous identification requests for the Golden Orbweaver as well as other Orbweavers because summer is nearing an end and the spiders are nearing maturity.  The large females, like your specimen, are frequently seen in their webs.  Orbweavers are rarely seen far from their webs, and as spiders go, they are considered sedentary.

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