Argiope aurantia Lucas, 1833 Discussion

yellow garden spider

Comments on August 20, 2006 Observation

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Bev Wigney
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Submitted: March 8, 2007 at 7:20:20 PM MST

7 adult females and 1 male seen on orbs in garden. Prey included several grasshopper and leafhoppers and Hummingbird Clearwing moth wrapped in silk. Webs secured to solidago and Canada thistle. One egg sac seen secured to solidago plants.

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Bev Wigney wrote on June 24, 2007 at 7:58:43 AM MST

Quoting David P. Shorthouse: Was March 8, 2007 the intended observation date for these 8 spiders? I suspect there was still snow on the ground at that time. Quote End

David - I just noticed that we never resolved the problem with the date of this data. I checked the A. aurantia species page in the main NSDB and this sighting doesn't appear there anymore, cut must have come from there originally. That sighting had to have been from around mid-August or so. I had seen a Hummingbird Clearwing moth in my garden just a few days before this sighting of the spiders as I found a moth in their webs (mentioned in the post), and was a bit mad at them for capturing it (of all the moths for them to capture!). Anyhow, a date of about Aug. 20th would probably be reasonably accurate. Thanks.

David P. Shorthouse wrote on April 9, 2007 at 12:35:41 PM MST

Was March 8, 2007 the intended observation date for these 8 spiders? I suspect there was still snow on the ground at that time.

David P. Shorthouse wrote on March 28, 2007 at 8:52:00 AM MST

That could very well be the "buckmoth" in question. As for making links hot or "un"-hot, there still seems to be a limitation with Safari and the program behind these text boxes. In order to get these to work, you'll have to edit the content using the HTML button.

Bev Wigney wrote on March 28, 2007 at 8:47:06 AM MST

David, I wonder if that's the same as the New England Buck Moth (Hemileuca maia)?  If so, that species is black with white median bands on the front and rear wings. There are some photos at http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=3314 (edited by admin to make url active)