Golden Orb Weaver?
Location: northern Illinois
January 21, 2011 12:17 pm
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
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!!!