This "beautiful" specimen was hanging outside our living room window. This is as close as I wanted to get! I had never seen this type of web either, the zigzag pattern.
They are beautiful. We call them writing spiders. Like in Charlotte's web. Have you ever watched how fast they take them down each morning? fast like lightening. As far as I know they are not a problem to humans. But , again, I am not an authority.
When I lived in Georgia, I had them a lot. They are called St. Augustine Cross. I found them quite interesting.
In this area (Nebraska) they are called a fall garden spider.
This was my favorite of spiders (is there really such a thing for someone who hates spiders?). As kids we called this a writing spider because it had the ability to write as good as we did! Now I treasure the wondrous spider because of all the insects (esp. mosquitoes) that it eats each day!
I have pictures of this spider in a plum tree, they are very impressive but spooky at the same time. Thanks for posting. We live in Missouri.
Great pic! I love looking at the different types of webs that spiders make, Spider silk is the strongest thread in the world. This includes man made materials. Just a little trivia.
Beautiful picture. Spiders are really neat creatures (and for the most part harmless - although I wouldn't want one for a pet). Several years ago we had a big wolf spider who made a web around our porch light every night for over a year. He grew very big since we left the light on for him and he had a lot of yummy bugs to eat. Every morning he and the web would be completely gone. As scary as they might be, most spiders eat other bugs and are very beneficial around the house and in the garden. Just give them some space and they won't bother you a bit.
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This yellow garden spider decided to weave his web on my screen door this morning. It took him about 45 minutes to build his entire "house."
By florida gal
Scared the heck out of me, too! This is a Black and Yellow Garden spider, a common spider found in gardens, I've been told. I have been gardening for 25 years and never came across this amazing spider. Of course when I first spotted it I had no idea if it was poisonous, so I was indeed scared. But that didn't stop me from getting my camera!
Afterward, I browsed the internet and found out they are not poisonous (few are). They help with pest control, they lay thousands of eggs in early fall and then die! I certainly admired this specimen, but I was not looking forward to a thousand more in my garden come next Spring. I like getting down and dirty in my garden, and I just pictured me screaming out every time one might run across my hand! They never did return. It was a sight to see, though. The web was a woven masterpiece!
By Deb H. from East Brunswick, NJ
Gorgeous spider, love the colors! That web is so cool. But better you than me, lol, I would have been too chicken to take its picture. (04/22/2009)
Awesome photo! I saw a similar spider last summer. Mine was yellow and black. I ran for my camera becuase I have also never seen one like this. My husband called it a 'banana spider'. (04/22/2009)
I have never seen one of these, before, either! Fascinating, what say? (04/22/2009)
I remember lots of those in the citrus groves in Florida. They are big and colorful, remind me sort of of Bette Midler. Glad to know they aren't poison, but still! (04/22/2009)
We have a bunch of these in NC too; the kids love them. Some of the "locals" call them "writer spiders" because of the zig-zags in their webs. (04/22/2009)
It's a wonderful garden spider. I had one in my garden. My husband and I would feed it insects and watch it spin a cocoon around them so it could be a midnight snack. It was fascinating. Its called a Argiope. Here is a link for more info on it.
Found one like this in my son's garden in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. They must be all over! Was my first time seeing one, beautiful, but looks scary! (04/23/2009)
OH, yuk! I would have killed the darn thing so quick! (04/30/2009)
You can get rid of all spiders naturally. Using lavender, eucalyptus, and citric natural oils will kill them immediately. If you get natural lavender soap and use 1 tbsp to 1 qt. water and spray it around your house the spiders will never enter your house. If spider problem is bad increase the soap. You can use this any where and is not harmful to children or pets (05/05/2009)