I look up at the wall next to one of the outdoor lights last night, and notice this beautiful little creature. She is approximately three inches (leg span) and quite colorful. I am not a fan of arachnid’s, nor any insect for that matter, but seeing that she is a Black-and-Yellow Garden Spider, Argiope aurantia, and helping to catch bugs, she is more than welcome to hang out – literally.

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10 thoughts on “Say Hello to My Little Friend… A Black-and-Yellow Garden Spider
  1. I don’t like spiders inside, but watching them work their webs outside is fascinating. It’s something I always point out to the kids on nature hikes.

    • It was working it’s web last night, and the movement was making it bounce up and down similar to a trampoline. Unfortunately, due to the lighting, I couldn’t see the web strands – I could just see her (him?) moving and working the thread with her legs.

  2. Spiders – totally cool but they give me the creeps! I too love to watch them do their web work – as long as it’s outside and not in the corner I need to reach into!

    That is a female – male is smaller and not colorful (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/45/Argiope_aurantia_male.jpg/220px-Argiope_aurantia_male.jpg)

    • eeeyewwww…. that image gave me the heebie-jeebies for some reason. I’m not scared at all of bugs, insects, arachnids, etc. and sometimes find them fascinating – outside, of course – but for some reason, that image made me shiver. Maybe those long long legs….

  3. Now why would I want to make this bigger !! I think not πŸ˜‰

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