Writing Spider from Mexico

Subject: Chiminea Spider
Location: Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
May 13, 2016 9:12 pm
Saw this today with a web that covers the entire opening to the chiminea.
Was hoping you could tell me what’s that bug.
Signature: Dale

Writing Spider
Writing Spider

Dear Dale,
This is an Orbweaver in the genus
Argiope, possibly a Silver Argiope, Argiope argentata, which you can find on BugGuide.  Spiders in the genus Argiope are harmless, and they are frequently called Writing Spiders because of the elaborate patterns woven into the web.  We located images of Orbweavers will similar stabilimenta on Nature Photo and National Geographic that are identified as Argiope savignyi, a species found in Central and South America.

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