Argiope (spider)

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A. aemula
A. aetherea
A. amoena
A. anasuja
A. appensa
A. argentata
A. aurantia
A. blanda
A. bruennichi
A. caesarea
A. catenulata
A. keyserlingi
A. lobata
A. macrochoera
A. mascordi
A. minuta
A. picta
A. protensa
A. pulchella
A. savignyi
A. trifasciata
A. versicolor
Many more, see list

The genus Argiope includes rather large and spectacular spiders that have often a strikingly coloured abdomen. These are well distributed throughout the world, and most countries in temperate or warmer climates have one or more species, which look similar.

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Common Names

In North America, Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the black and yellow garden spider, corn spider, and writing spider, because of the similarity of the web stabilimenta to writing.

In England, Argiope bruennichi, where it is found only on the southern coast, and in other parts of Europe, including Germany, is also known as the wasp spider. The East Asian species Argiope amoena is known in Japan as kogane-gumo. In Australia, Argiope keyserlingi and A. aetherea are known as St. Andrew's Cross spiders, for their habit of resting in the web with legs outstretched in the shape of an X, the cross of St. Andrew. The large white zigzag in the centre of its web is called the stabilimentum or web decoration.

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