Banded Garden Spider Control
Identification and Descriptive Features
The back of the spider is covered with silvery setae. Numerous dark lines cross the body and yellow banding is usually present as well. The legs are dark yellowish-brown with darker rings.
Life History and Habits
The banded argiope is an orbweaver spider that produces its large concentrically patterned web in areas of tall grass and shrubby vegetation. The web is sticky and strong, capable of holding fairly large and active insects such as wasps and grasshoppers.
The banded argiope is a day active hunter and can usually be observed resting in the center of the web, although they may drop readily when disturbed. Unlike many orbweaver spiders, they do not make a retreat along the edge of the web.
The overwintering stage is the eggs, which are protected within an egg sac attached to vegetation. Upon hatch in spring the spiderlings disperse, often by ballooning with wind currents. Prey items are captured by snaring them in sticky webs then paralyzing them with venom injected through the fangs. Often prey are swathed and bundled with silk to be later eaten. Webs are torn down and reconstructed frequently during their development.
Adult males begin to appear in late July and females shortly afterwards. The males wander while the females remain within a web. Mating occurs in the latter half of the summer and females produce egg sacs, which have a general shape of a kettle drum. Freezing temperatures kill off all remaining spiders at the end of the season and they have a one year life cycle.
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