Argiope appensa
(Hawaiian Garden Spider)

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Picture of Argiope appensa (Hawaiian Garden Spider)

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No idea what the spider is but it looks pregnant. We are in Hawaii. I’ve never seen one that looks like this.

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Nod

This looks like an orb weaver in the Argiope genus.. it might be this one…Argiope appensa
The hawaiian garden spider.
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/119110-Argiope-appensa/browse_photos

TangledWeb

She’s a big gal. Technically, most species of spiders don’t get pregnant. I didn’t know that before I found this site. Female spiders are much larger than males because they need to hunt and make webs and grow the eggs inside of them. When the unfertilized eggs are ready the female oviposits them into a silk sac. She may have accepted semen from a male, or several, that courted her. It is stored in her body and travels through ducts to coat the eggs as they leave the female’s body. She doesn’t have to hold growing fertilized eggs in her… Read more »

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