Argiope
(Garden Orb-weavers)

Argiope, commonly known as Garden Orb-weavers, is a genus of spiders in the family Araneidae. Argiope spiders have been sighted 292 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Argiope includes 40 countries and 42 states in the United States. Argiope is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of September.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae
  • Genus: Argiope

Common Name (AASMore information icon)

Garden Orb-weavers

Other Common Names

Writing Spiders

Author

Victor Audouin, 1826

Sightings Overview

There have been 292 confirmed sightings of Argiope (Garden Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on April 24, 2019 by Spider ID member aaandye. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 292 sightings because of certain Argiope sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 84% of the time, Argiope spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 209)
  • Sex: 122 female and 10 male.
  • Environment: Argiope has been sighted 234 times outdoors, and 19 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (76). On flower (11). Low foliage (93). High foliage (11). Ground layer (7). Under rock or debris (2). Freshwater river, lake, stream (5). Saltwater (3). Open field, pasture, grassland (14). Forest (9). Desert area (3).

Location and Range

Argiope (Garden Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Argiope has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Seasonality

Argiope has been primarily sighted during the month of September.

  • January: 13
  • February: 19
  • March: 30
  • April: 23
  • May: 6
  • June: 7
  • July: 13
  • August: 43
  • September: 54
  • October: 47
  • November: 7
  • December: 13


Argiope Species


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