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Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia). These spiders can be found in sunny areas among flowers, shrubs, and tall plants. They are active in the daytime, attacking insects that are trapped in their webs. They construct and repair their webs after dark. Once they find suitable sites for their webs, they will tend to stay there unless the web is frequently disturbed. The diameter of the webs can be constructed up to 2' across and can trap any type of prey including aphids, grasshoppers, and flies.

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