|The Golden Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) goes by a variety of common names.|
The web typically has a reinforced web decoration called a stabilimentum in its center. This web feature gives the spider several of its common names. The purpose of the zigzag webbing has often been debated. When young it is believed to help hide the spider. When older, some believe the web helps to keep large predators such as birds from stumbling into it and destroying the web. Others have theorized and some experiments seem to show that it makes the web attractive to some potential prey. Its favored prey include katydids, grasshoppers, and bees, though there are reports that even small lizards can be caught.
|The web decoration, called a stabilimentum, gives this spider several of its common names and its function has many theories behind it.|
|This is what this Argiope spider looks like from underneath. The head-down position and spread, paired legs is typical for them.|
|A Golden Argiope egg sac|