The Argyra Orchard Spider

One beautiful specie of spiders living in our garden is the Argyra Orchard Spider (Leucauge Argyra). They are also called Orchard Orb-weavers.
Plesiometa argyra - Leucauge argyraspider websThe Argyra Orchard Spiders appear to be timid in nature; and their horizontal webs, which they build in the corners of the yard, occupy much space.

Some of these webs are spun above each other and, in my opinion, resemble ‘web apartments’.

I read that even though Orchard Orb-weavers are not social spiders, their webs are always connected to each other.

I understand too that these spiders are hosts to a Costa Rican parasitoid wasp, but I see no evidence of this is our garden.
Argyra Orchard SpiderA few things to consider:
•  A fly that dances carelessly in front of a spider’s web, risks the wrath of the spider’s teeth. (African Proverb)
•  The spider and the fly can’t make a deal. (Jamaican Proverb)
•  Words are like the spider’s web: a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not-so-clever. (Malagasy Proverb)


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