The garden spider (Argiope sp.) is an "orb weaver" spider that builds a large circular spider web in which it snares its prey. Argiope species are common, distinctively colored (black and yellow), large spiders that are frequently seen in gardens, yards and along roadsides. The female builds a web that has a conspicuous zigzag band of white silk in the center of the web. The male (shown here) has specialized pedipalps for carrying sperm packets to the female. In a mature male the last segment of the pedipalp (tarsus) is a large, articulated sperm-holding reservoir and mating organ

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