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Old 08-19-2009, 07:36 AM
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Check this guy out. Hard to get perspective but he was about as big as a golf ball. Fast sucker too. Any idea what he is? Thats a grasshopper he has caught in his web. Almost dinner time!
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I believe it is a Black and Yellow Argiope. http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ec...ow_argiope.htm


I'm terrified of spiders.... so much so that I've made a makeshift blowtorch (aerosol hairspray and a lighter) to kill them by myself when no one is around to help. I say KILL IT!

I have the eebie jeebies now
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You want him to kill it because you're scared of a picture of it???????
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thats what we call a garden spider up here.
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Garden spider or Banana spider, common names for the same spider.
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Originally Posted by robalo2320 View Post
You want him to kill it because you're scared of a picture of it???????
I want him to kill it because the only good spider is a dead spider! Unless you have a severe phobia of spiders you probably don't understand where I'm coming from. Hell even I know my thought process doesn't make sense.... and spiders do good to keep the insects in check. Still... my whole being can't help but scream KILL IT!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Reg23 View Post
Banana spider
Old 08-19-2009, 08:58 AM
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You will find that the Banana Spider will build it's web closer to the ground when bad weather is approaching. We call them hurricane spiders. Some of the island old-timers will ask if the spider has dropped to know when a storm is getting close.
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Black and Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia)

Don't kill it, they don't hurt anything; except whatever bugs they catch.
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Yep, an argiope. If you get these, you probably get the goldensilks too. Sometimes they are easy to get confused.
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I have a few of those hanging around. They are no trouble, unless they pitch their web across a door, like this one did. I just grabbed it and relocated it to some bushes. They don't bite.

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I had a drunk Hillbilly put one on a stick and chase accross the yard in Jacksonville. It didn't end well for any of us including the spider.
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Good to know. And NO I did not kill it. I tried to pick it up with the broom and he took off, up the house, way out of my reach in about .086 seconds.
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I like to throw flies or limilar sized bugs into the web. they have to be alive. then I watch the spider grab it, roll it up in its web, bite it, and go take a nap. Nature is fascinating!
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We call them writing spiders here in SC. If you ever see your name spelled out in its web ( the zig zag part in the middle of the web ) your days are numbered. If you look they blend in to that part of the web and sit and wait. Beenie is right its fun to toss them a bug they will grab it ,bite it, which will paralize it then wrap it in a cocoon to save for dinner.
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Beenie, I just toss a small leaf into the web and they'll rush over to check it out. Pretty cool. This year, i've seen quite a few of both the argiopes and goldensilks. I notice that in all the pics here, the argiopes have a similar web pattern. I've never noticed that before.

Argiope.



Goldensilk.

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The zig-zag pattern is called a Stabilamentum. No one is quite sure what their exact purpose is.
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Last year was the year of the banana spider around here (raleigh, nc). We had as many as 6 in the front yard at one time. That was too much for my wife, and she caught them one at a time in tupperwear, and relocated them to the woods.

Fun fact about them. When they feel threatened, they will rock their web, so it swings back and forth. It's pretty cool to see. I guess it is supposed to make them look more menacing. . .
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Originally Posted by OBX Skeeter View Post
I have a few of those hanging around. They are no trouble, unless they pitch their web across a door, like this one did. I just grabbed it and relocated it to some bushes. They don't bite.

Nanner spiders do BITE!
Trust me I know first hands. I had played with them as a kid for many years before one decided to educate me on there their dislike of being handled. Not life threatening by any means but very painful and nasty.
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Can't tell you how many times i've run into them and their webs while in the woods. Why is it always the biggest, fattest, juiciest spider that always ends up right on your face? Scares the crap out of you at first. Sometimes i hold a small branch out in front of me if i know i'm going into an area where there are lots of spiders just to keep them off my face. I think NC has more species of spiders than any other state in the Union.

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