Unidentified

Picture ID 138497

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

I believe this is a female, Hawaiian garden spider.

  • Submitted by: 
    Lady Bug RSBZ
  • Submitted: May 28, 2021
  • Photographed: May 19, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Kihei , Hawaii, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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TangledWeb

Yes, she’s Argiope appensa. It can be difficult to recognize a spider’s gender from this angle, but in this case she has the look of an Orbweaver that has finished ovipositing her eggs into silk sacs. Their stretched out abdomens look wrinkled and the posterior bends downward. They often also go to the ground to hunt and find water. They’re probably weak after losing so much of their mass.