Subject: Spider in Kauai
Location: Kauai, Hawaii
December 25, 2012 9:03 am
I saw this spider hiking in Kauai. It was pretty big and had a really big spider web, any idea what it is?
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae. We posted a photo of this member of the genus Argiope once before, but we never determined a species identification. They are not considered dangerous, though large specimens might bite if carelessly handled.
Update: December 5, 2014
A new submission of this Orbweaver has finally led us to the proper identification of Argiope avara kauaiensis.