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Golden Orb Weaver?
Location: northern Illinois
January 21, 2011 12:17 pm
Hello BugMan,
Long time fan of the site. I photographed this spider in northern Illinois over the 2009 summer. She would get agitated if I got too close to her web and start wobbling back and forth and shaking her web. I think it is a Golden Orb Weaver but would like your confirmation, as it doesn’t look exactly like any of the ones listed on your site..i.e. it’s pretty fat and oval shaped, and has a striped pattern on the legs. Thanks!
Signature: Amy in Illinois

Banded Orbweaver

Hi Amy,
This is a Banded Orbweaver,
Argiope trifasciata, not a Golden Orbweaver, but your error is quite understandable since they are in the same genus and share many similarities.

Excellent!  She was a beauty, and of course we just observed and left her to her business.  Exact location was Stillman Valley, Illinois.  Thank you very much as I know you’re very busy!!!
Amy Berogan

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Illinois

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