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Black and Yellow Argiope (Garden Spider)

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.

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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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January 19, 20110 found this helpful

When I lived in Georgia, I had them a lot. They are called St. Augustine Cross. I found them quite interesting.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

In this area (Nebraska) they are called a fall garden spider.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

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!

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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January 22, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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January 23, 20110 found this helpful

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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