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Hawaiian Garden(Argiope appensa)

Hawaiian garden spider of the orb-weaver family is indigenous to Taiwan, Hawaii, Indonesia, New Caledonia, and New Guinea.

Hawaiian Garden Spider

Scientific Classification

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female Hawaiian garden spiders are around 2 – 2.5 inches (5.0 – 6.35 cm), and males are about 0.75 inches (1.9 cm)

Color: The males have a brown body, while the females appear black and yellow.

Other Characteristic Features: The females have longer legs than their male counterparts.

Eggs

Eggs are produced in the silken sac attached to the web instead of the female spider’s abdomen.

Spiderlings

Though the descriptions of the spiderlings remain unrecorded, they mostly disperse from their mother upon maturation.

The Web

They spin large webs, having a white zig-zag pattern, running from one end of the web to the middle. These decorations, known by the name of stabilimenta, also serve as a warning device to intimate birds about the web’s presence. In this way, they may not damage it inadvertently.

Hawaiian Garden Spider Web

Are Hawaiian Garden Spiders Venomous

They may bite if threatened that could be not more than a bee sting causing mild pain or redness.

Quick Facts

Distribution Hawaiian, Guam, New Guinea, Taiwan, and islands of the Western Pacific Ocean
Habitat Forest, coasts, and almost all types of habitat
Lifespan Mostly 1 year
Web Type Orb web
IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

Did You Know

  • David Quammen, the famous nature writer, has shared in the book ‘The Song of the Dodo’ his experience of encountering these spiders on his visit to Guam on a research trip.

Image Credits: Static.inaturalist.org, Spiderid.com

Hawaiian garden spider of the orb-weaver family is indigenous to Taiwan, Hawaii, Indonesia, New Caledonia, and New Guinea.

Hawaiian Garden Spider

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Female Hawaiian garden spiders are around 2 – 2.5 inches (5.0 – 6.35 cm), and males are about 0.75 inches (1.9 cm)

Color: The males have a brown body, while the females appear black and yellow.

Other Characteristic Features: The females have longer legs than their male counterparts.

Eggs

Eggs are produced in the silken sac attached to the web instead of the female spider’s abdomen.

Spiderlings

Though the descriptions of the spiderlings remain unrecorded, they mostly disperse from their mother upon maturation.

The Web

They spin large webs, having a white zig-zag pattern, running from one end of the web to the middle. These decorations, known by the name of stabilimenta, also serve as a warning device to intimate birds about the web’s presence. In this way, they may not damage it inadvertently.

Hawaiian Garden Spider Web

Are Hawaiian Garden Spiders Venomous

They may bite if threatened that could be not more than a bee sting causing mild pain or redness.

Quick Facts

Distribution Hawaiian, Guam, New Guinea, Taiwan, and islands of the Western Pacific Ocean
Habitat Forest, coasts, and almost all types of habitat
Lifespan Mostly 1 year
Web Type Orb web
IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

Did You Know

  • David Quammen, the famous nature writer, has shared in the book ‘The Song of the Dodo’ his experience of encountering these spiders on his visit to Guam on a research trip.

Image Credits: Static.inaturalist.org, Spiderid.com

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