Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Big Spider


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Found this spider on the outside of our back porch. It was the biggest and most colorful I have seen. Any idea what it is?

Hi Joyce; This certainly one of my favorite spiders. It is the black and Yellow Argiope. (Argiope aurentia) They all make that pattern of webbing in the middle of the web. They a re harmless so do not disturb her. There may be a tiny Male near the edge of the web

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Walter Hintz


I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.


I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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