Comments & ID Thoughts
I don't quite remember all the details. I do remember that it was very big. Located in a clearing between two wooded areas not too far from the bayou. Not sure why I chose this crazy angle, I think I was actually a little scared that it would jump on me or something because I had never seen a spider this big in real life. Looks like he has a web, but is to the side of it and not actually in it.
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- Submitted: Apr 21, 2019
- Photographed: Aug 7, 2016
- Spider: Argiope aurantia (Black and Yellow Garden Spider)
- Location: houston, Texas, United States
- Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.),Open field, pasture, prairie, grassland,Forest
- Found in web?: Yes
- Attributes: Dorsal
Argiope aurantia perhaps
Yes, a female. The angle is great, actually. It looks like you were trying to make sure you got the entire spider framed. Most people expect a spider or insect to leap at them when they take a photo. We get a lot of distant photos 😉 Some spiders jump, but not usually toward people. With insects it is a possibility. I’ve had many insects launch themselves hard at my chest or head when I annoy them with photography. It isn’t even the ones you might expect. No wasp or hornet has ever gone after me for taking close-up pics… Read more »
Thanks! Yeah, I have had a few insects go after me but not a spider. Yet.
Jumping Spiders (Salticidae) are an exception, they love to jump on the camera lens. I think they see themselves.
Lol. Will keep that in mind.
You are very brave!