Garden Spider with a Beautiful Web

Garden Spider (Argiope appensa)

Garden Spider (Argiope appensa)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

This Garden Spider (Argiope appensa) is fairly common here in Hawaii.   It is a member of the Orb Spider family (Areneidae), named for the classic wheel-shaped webs that they spin.  As far as I know, it is not venomous.

This is a relatively large spider, with a body about the size of my thumbnail.  As spiders go, I think this one is quite good looking.  Check out the intricate design on this spider's back.


Anonymous said...

If you glance quickly at the spider it looks like it has 4 legs! I love the way they are grouped together... love the colours and details.

Anonymous said...

Another great photo! Never seen one like that...thank Goodness! LOL! It's amazing that something so ugly and creepy is still so beautiful. :-D

BNS said...

@ Craig - Yes, this spider species has that habit of keeping its legs together in twos. It's common to see them posed like that on the web.

@ 2Sweet - Thank you. I know what you mean. I'm not a huge fan of spiders, in general, but this one certainly is a beauty.