Location: Klickitat County, WA
July 22, 2015 9:40 pm
This spider was behind the dahlias on the north side of our house in Washington state, about 2000 ft. elev., yesterday (7/21/15). Just wondering what you can tell me about it.
This beauty is a Golden Orbweaver, Argiope aurantia, and like other members of the Orbweaver family, it is a docile and non-aggressive spider that rarely strays far from its web, which it uses to snare its prey. Orbweavers rarely bite humans, though a large individual might bite if carelessly handled. The bite is considered harmless, though there may be redness and swelling near the site.