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Argiope aurantia (black-and-yellow argiope)

Wikipedia Abstract

The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, corn spider, or McKinley spider. It is common to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. They have distinctive yellow and black markings on their abdomens and a mostly white cephalothorax. Its scientific Latin name translates to "gilded silver-face" (the genus name Argiope meaning "silver-face", while the specific epithet aurantia means "gilded"). Males range from 5–9 mm (0.20–0.35 in) females from 19–28 mm (0.75–1.10 in). These spiders may bite if disturbed or harassed, but the venom is seemingly harmless to humans.
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Diet [1]  Carnivore
Hibernates [1]  Yes
Nocturnal [1]  Yes

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Edwin S. George Reserve 1297 Michigan, United States


Prey / Diet

Aedes albopictus (forest day mosquito)[2]
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[2]
Bombus fervidus (Golden northern bumble bee)[2]
Calliphora vomitoria (Blue bottle fly)[2]
Camponotus pennsylvanicus (black carpenter ant)[2]
Colias philodice (clouded sulphur)[2]
Ischnura posita (Fragile forktail)[2]
Melanoplus differentialis (Differential Grasshopper)[2]
Philaenus spumarius (meadow froghopper)[2]
Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid)[2]
Tuberolachnus salignus[2]
Vespula maculifrons (eastern yellowjacket)[2]


Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)[2]
Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)[2]
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)[2]
Corvus brachyrhynchos (American Crow)[2]
Cryptotis parva (North American Least Shrew)[2]
Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)[2]
Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)[2]
Lithobates sylvaticus (Wood Frog)[2]
Lithobius forficatus (Brown centipede)[2]
Meleagris gallopavo (Wild Turkey)[2]
Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)[2]
Molothrus ater (Brown-headed Cowbird)[2]
Plestiodon fasciatus (Five-lined Skink)[2]
Poecile carolinensis (Carolina Chickadee)[2]
Sitta carolinensis (White-breasted Nuthatch)[2]
Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid)[2]
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)[2]


Asclepias syriaca (broadleaf milkweed)[2]
Campsis radicans (common trumpetcreeper)[2]
Chenopodium album (lambsquarters goosefoot)[2]
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)[2]
Daucus carota (bird's nest)[2]
Hamamelis virginiana (American witchhazel)[2]
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)[2]
Lindera benzoin (northern spicebush)[2]
Lonicera japonica (Chinese honeysuckle)[2]
Panicum virgatum (old switch panic grass)[2]
Phytolacca americana (common pokeweed)[2]
Pteridium aquilinum (northern bracken fern)[2]
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)[2]
Rubus laciniatus (Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry)[2]
Smilax rotundifolia (Horse Brier)[2]
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)[2]
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)[2]
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Disney's Animal Kingdom


Canada to Costa Rica;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
Protected Areas provided by Edwin S. George Reserve, University of Michigan, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access