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 340 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Argiope includes 43 countries and 45 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 340 confirmed sightings of Argiope (Garden Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on January 10, 2020 by Spider ID member kimurgor. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 340 sightings because of certain Argiope sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 82% of the time, Argiope spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 257)
  • Sex: 129 female and 15 male.
  • Environment: Argiope has been sighted 285 times outdoors, and 23 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (96). On flower (11). Low foliage (113). High foliage (14). Ground layer (9). Under rock or debris (2). Freshwater river, lake, stream (7). Saltwater (3). Open field, pasture, grassland (18). 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, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, 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, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, 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: 15
  • February: 19
  • March: 31
  • April: 25
  • May: 23
  • June: 11
  • July: 17
  • August: 53
  • September: 59
  • October: 49
  • November: 7
  • December: 14

Argiope Species


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