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Female Garden Spider is the other one a male???

Discussion in 'Arachnids and Other Bugs' started by jsorrow, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. jsorrow

    jsorrow Big Dog

    Found these two on my dads house, just curious if the small one is a male garden spider??? If so wow what a size difference:eek:. There is also what i think to be a egg sack. Makes me wonder why the male is there though if she has already laid??? Do female garden spiders eat the male after breeding like some other bugs do? Just curious and thought i would share pics. I am by no means knowledgeable about arachnids so fill me in folks :)

  2. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    Yep, that's a male. "Garden spiders" is a common name for them, but they're actually called argiope (pronounced are-GUY-oh-pay). As with most arachnids, sometimes the males become lunch, sometimes they don't. Females can lay more than one sack in their breeding cycle.
    Argiope are one of my favorites! I'm trying to work out a spot to have one done as a tattoo.
  3. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Yep yep, you're right on both. I loved those so much I used to keep and breed them - not hard to do. They used to be very plentiful around here, but I haven't seen more than ah andful in the last couple of years, and I think it has to do with the city spraying for mosquitos - a truck goes by once in a while flooding the neighborhood with pesticide of some kind, yet I never notice the mosquitos diminishing.

    I hear a lot of people call those babies "Zipper Spiders" or "Writing Spiders" Because a lot of them have a zipper pattern in the middle of their web. I've always called them Weavers... because I call the brown garden spiders 'garden spiders'...

    ---------- Post added at 10:18 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:16 AM ----------

    And for future reference, you can tell if it's an adult male by looking for pedipalps..
  4. jsorrow

    jsorrow Big Dog

    cool thanks for the info ladies, they are very pretty... but i just enjoy them from afar, I have a touch of arachnophobia lol.. O our poor little male was gone this morning... Guess he was either supper or went to chase more tail :)
  5. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    That's okay.. I'll handle tarantulas, but you better be wearing earplugs if a cricket gets on me. Those things terrify me.

    I've only ever seen one male Weaver... They're cute little boogers.
  6. morsedog

    morsedog Puppy

    They have lots of names and are really common all over the US. I always called them corn spiders, because here in Indiana they make their webs between the corn stalks. (Quite a scare if you are running through a corn field!) I have also heard them called Black and Yellow spiders and banana spiders. I don't think they are very mean they have never bit me or anyone I know but they get so big and pretty. I collect bugs and those are great ones that do pretty well in captivity. I have seen a few get bigger than my hand.
  7. jsorrow

    jsorrow Big Dog

    AH??? if i ran through a web and that female were on my face, i would have to buy new undies. :lol:
  8. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    I've been bitten by a big female.. I didn't have ab ad reaction, kind of like an overly irritating mosquito bite... She only bit me because she was extremely pissed and hurt, otherwise they are pretty mellow.

    When I was a kid I used to carry them around with me... I'd just have a big ass spider on my arm while I walked around :lol: [​IMG]
  9. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    We have some that build a web in the same spot every year. And every year I walk right through that giant thing.

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