Argiope argentata. The silver spider is the most common species of the genus Argiope in our gardens in the Metropolitan area of San José, Costa Rica.
Some of these spiders usually make an X in their networks with zigzag seams called stabilizations that reflect ultraviolet light. The spider is placed in the net joining its legs in pairs and forming an X with them aligned to the X of the network to simulate hiding and thus prevent their predators or attract their prey.
The name Argiope means “bright eyes” and refers to a layer of tissues in the eye that reflects the visual light back through the retina. Which increases the vision in low light conditions.