Juvenile Writing Spider: Golden Orbweaver

Subject:  White Banded Fishing Spider??
Geographic location of the bug:  Port Richey, Pasco County, FL
Date: 06/23/2018
Time: 08:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am usually able to figure out the cool creatures we find in our backyard (a bug thanks in part to your website), but with this webbing, I’m not quite sure.
How you want your letter signed:  Krsrksflordialife

Juvenile Writing Spider

Dear Krsrksflordialife,
Fishing Spiders do not build webs with which to snare prey, but rather they only build nursery webs for their young.  This is a juvenile Writing Spider, a name given to orbweavers that also spin intricate structures called stabilimenta within the web.  In our opinion, with the support of this BugGuide image, we believe your Writing Spider is an immature Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia.  Perhaps you are already familiar with the conspicuous adult Golden Orbweaver.

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