Picture ID 152467

Picture of unidentified spider

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About 1.5" across the outstretched leg tips. Outdoors, sitting in the middle of a small but classic spider web. Southern California. Goes with previous photo that I posted of the opposite side.

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  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2021
  • Photographed: Nov 14, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: San Diego, California, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Argiope argentata, Silver Argiope. Gorgeous photo! Thank you for adding the photo to pair with the ventral image. This photo deserves to be seen easily. She has vibrant colors, less silver than usual. I checked the sightings of Argiope species at BugGuide.net to see what species are in your range https://bugguide.net/node/view/2033 and A. argentata is the best answer. To see the range, it is under “data” and an account is required. The account is needed to deter bots from slowing their site.


I love stories about what we went through to get a shot! My phone went for a swim in a brook and I’ve done an unintentional backflip off of a toilet I was standing on. No injuries YET. A Pop Socket attached to the middle of the back of the phone can make it possible to hold the phone with a couple of fingers and use the camera functions with other fingers. I haven’t dropped my phone this way, it leaves the other hand free for a flashlight. I like your method of blocking sunlight, I haven’t tried that.