What kind of spider is this?

Asked August 21, 2019, 1:44 PM EDT

I thought it was a Banana Spider but I have a co worker telling me it’s something different, can you please let me know what it is?

Tarrant County Texas

1 Response

Looks like a yellow garden spider Argiope aurantia tending an egg sac. They are variable in markings. Banana spider females have conspicuous tufts on middle segments on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th sets of legs--your photo does not show this.

Compare: Yellow garden spider https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-24_spider_blackandyellow_argiope.htm

Banana spider: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-49_banana_spider.htm