Picture ID 49026

Picture of unidentified spider

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I don't know what kind of spider this is. It is on my kitchen window. I haven't seen it eat anything yet.

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  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2018
  • Photographed: Nov 23, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Pharr, Texas, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Hi, I think she’s Argiope argentata, an orbweaver type of spider. Nice photo! The zigzag webs are called stabilimentum. There are many theories on why orbweavers make them, there could be multiple benefits. In your photo the spider is in an X shape in the center of an X, which could disquise the spider to both predators and prey. Some Argiope, like Argiope trifasciata tend to put their legs and the stabilimentum in a straight line in the same axis as their abdomen. It could also work as a strong way to truss up their limbs while they rest. There’s… Read more »