Subject: large orb weaver?
Location: grand rapids, michigan
August 14, 2012 2:12 pm
see attached images. very large spider with bright coloration on abdomen…
construction site in West Michigan.
The most definite way to properly identify this Orbweaver is by its scientific binomial, Argiope aurantia, however that name is too ponderous for many, so common names are often utilized for convenience. The problem is that there are a variety of common names and some of those names also refer to other species. Common names for Argiope aurantia include Golden Orbweaver, Yellow Garden Spider, Yellow Garden Orbweaver, Writing Spider, Black & Yellow Argiope, Black & Yellow Orbweaver, and perhaps a host of other names that are highly localized.