|Geographical Range||Southern United States to South America|
|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.