Geographical Range Southern United States to South America
Habitat Meadows, gardens
Scientific Name Argiope argentata
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This spider is one of nature's many pest control agents. Its appetite for insects results in its keeping many burgeoning insect populations in check. As a group, orb-weaving spiders consume many tons of insects every year.

You can find silver argiopes among shrubbery, tall plants and flowers in meadows and gardens. They weave a distinctive zigzag pattern within their web -- an easy way to identify the presence of this particular species.