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Banded Garden Spider

Argiope trifasciata (Forskål, 1775)

Family Araneidae - Orb Weavers

cf: Yellow Garden Spider, Silver Garden Spider

Banded Garden Spider - Argiope trifasciata (Forskål, 1775)

New County Record

Round Top, Fayette County, Texas
November 10, 2007 (Dell Hollingsworth)

Texas County Records for Argiope trifasciata

Banded Garden Spider - Argiope trifasciata (Forskål, 1775)

County Record Source: Allen Dean

Range: Globally cosmopolitan (except Europe)

Texas Counties

Archer, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Clay, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Erath, Fannin, Galveston, Garza, Houston, Lee, Lubbock, Martin, Oldham, Rains, Travis, Walker, Ward, Wichita, Young (Allen Dean, pers. comm., 2007)

Time of activity: 

Male (June, July, August, September, October) (Allen Dean, pers. comm., 2007)
Female (January, July, August, September, October, November) (Allen Dean, pers. comm., 2007)

Similar species: There are seven Nearctic species of Argiope.

Texas taxa: Species and range per Allen Dean, (pers. comm., 2007).

Argiope argentata (Fabricius, 1775) - Cameron, Nueces Counties
Argiope aurantia Lucas, 1833 - Eastern 2/3 Texas
Argiope blanda O. P.-Cambridge, 1898 - Cameron County
Argiope trifasciata (Forskål, 1775) - Wide spread

Weblinks: Argiope trifasciata - The Nearctic Spider Database

Photos: Red form in Florida - Jeff Hollenbeck

Etymology: Argiope trifasciata (Forskål, 1775)

arg, -o (G). Shining, bright
ope, -o (G). An opening ?
tri (L). Three
fasciat (L). Banded

Bibliography: Peter Forskål (1732 - 1763) was a Swedish explorer, orientalist and naturalist.- Wikipedia


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