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The Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope Aurantia)

Jill is a former Master Gardener and Naturalist who enjoys cooking, abstract painting and stewardship.

Yellow garden spiders eat relatively large prey, including butterflies and moths, and are known for the distinctive lightning-bolt patterns in their webs (see top middle of photo).

Yellow garden spiders eat relatively large prey, including butterflies and moths, and are known for the distinctive lightning-bolt patterns in their webs (see top middle of photo).

They're big, bright and . . . well, sort of creepy looking, especially when they're "wrapping up" a pretty butterfly or moth for dinner. But despite all that, yellow garden spiders (Argiope aurantia) are great to have in your garden.

Like toads and salamanders, these spiders are sensitive beings. They're insect predators that can be handy to have around, and their presence in your yard is a sign that the ecology is a healthy, balanced one.

A female yellow garden spider makes her home among our celosia plants, Summer 2021.

A female yellow garden spider makes her home among our celosia plants, Summer 2021.

Yellow Garden Spiders Are Beneficial Predators

If you see one of these spiders in your landscape, don't squash it! It's one of the good guys (most of the time). It even wears a big white "hat" (its cephalothorax—fused head and thorax).

What Are the Benefits of Yellow Garden Spiders?

Like praying mantises, these spiders catch, kill and eat a wide variety of prey, including both garden pests and beneficials—so resist the urge to get rid of them! You will likely notice a resurgence of flying pests if you do.

These spiders' webs are strong enough to entangle both small and large prey like grasshoppers, moths, and praying mantises. The females are strong and agile enough to subdue the large prey they trap. They do so by wrapping prey in silk and injecting it with paralytic venom.

A yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) prepping a moth for dinner.

A yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) prepping a moth for dinner.

Are Yellow Garden Spiders Poisonous?

Yellow garden spiders are not poisonous, but they are venomous. Their venom is toxic enough to paralyze prey, but it is extremely unlikely to adversely affect a healthy human.

In addition to paralyzing prey, the spider's venom begins to predigest the insect's insides, eventually liquefying it completely.

Note: What's the difference between "venomous" and "poisonous"? Creatures that bite or sting to inject their toxins are considered venomous, whereas those that unload their poison upon being ingested are considered poisonous.

Yellow Garden Spiders Bite If Provoked.

These spiders are not aggressive with people, but they will bite if they feel threatened. If you grab a female near her egg sac, for instance, she is likely to inject venom into you just as she would into prey caught in her web—but with a much less devastating result, of course.

For most people, yellow garden spider bites are comparable to bee stings or mosquito bites. The damage is negligible—a little itchiness, a little redness, and slight swelling.

Female and male Argiope aurantia

Female and male Argiope aurantia

Male vs. Female Yellow Garden Spiders

Last year, I noticed three pairs of these spiders in our garden. One couple set up housekeeping in a Golden Hinoki False Cypress, another in a Miss Kim lilac bush, and another in a barberry shrub. Although I never saw the males, I knew they were there because of their webs.

Drastic Size Difference

Male Argiope aurantia are anywhere from about a third to a quarter of the size of their female counterparts, which can grow to be over an inch in size, with large, fat abdomens.

Separate Living Quarters

Not only are male Argiope aurantia much smaller than their female counterparts, but their webs are smaller, too. In fact, their webs are actually small structures positioned near or even within the larger structure of the female's web. The females' webs are large—often more than two feet in diameter. The male spiders will sometimes spin a little web near their edges.

The males live only a year and often move from female to female. Their little webs are comparable to temporary living quarters.

Other Names for Yellow Garden Spiders

writing spiders

zigzag spiders

lightning spiders

black-and-yellow argiopes

black-and-yellow garden spiders

golden garden spiders

golden orb weavers

yellow garden orb weavers

yellow garden argiopes

How Big Are Yellow Garden Spiders?

Females can reach 1.1 inches in diameter (not counting their legs), and males top out at 0.35 inches (35mm).

Note: Snakes aren't the only creatures that molt. Spiders periodically shed their old exoskeletons as they grow. Don't believe it? Watch this tarantula crawl out of its old exoskeleton!

A spider's molted exoskeleton. (Not from Argiope aurantia.)

A spider's molted exoskeleton. (Not from Argiope aurantia.)

The zigzagging line in a yellow garden spider's web is called a stabilimentum.

The zigzagging line in a yellow garden spider's web is called a stabilimentum.

Spectacular Spiderwebs

Writing spiders spin strong, distinctive webs, which can be up to two feet in diameter.

Lightning-Bolt Web Decorations (a.k.a. Stabilimenta)

Yellow garden spiders create zigzagging lines that look like lightning bolts down the middle of their webs, which is why they are often called writing spiders. These lines are called stabilimenta because they were first thought to provide structural support (stability) to the webs.

Today, scientists debate the purpose of stabilimenta. Do they attract prey? (A study published in Behavioral Ecology showed that the zigzagging lines actually reduced the number of prey captured by up to 30 percent.) Some researchers hypothesize that the purpose of stabilimenta is to deter birds from crashing into the webs. In any case, only diurnal spiders (ones that are active during the day) use stabilimenta.

Orb Weavers Have Extra Claws

Argiope aurantia are orb weavers. Like all orb-weaver spiders (there are about 180 orb-weaver species in North America alone), they are fast and prolific spinners that have three claws per foot on each of their legs. That's one more claw than most spiders have.

Orb weavers use their extra claws to help them handle the threads as they spin, allowing them to spin complicated webs in a few hours.

They Eat Their Webs Each Night

Each night, Argiope aurantia eat the central part of their webs, leaving the anchor threads intact, and spin them anew. They do this for several reasons:

  • The sticky silk that captures prey is rendered useless when coated with dust or pollen.
  • Eating the old silk allows spiders to reabsorb and reuse its proteins to create new silk.
  • Ingesting dew-covered silk allows spiders to take in much-needed moisture (especially before molting).
  • The old silk may contain tiny insects that provide extra nutrients for the spider.
The egg sacs of the yellow garden spider are large and brown.

The egg sacs of the yellow garden spider are large and brown.

In late summer, female Argiope aurantia produce three or four large, papery egg sacs. Rounded and brown, the sacs look as if they're made from paper bags. Just like their webs and the spiders themselves, the sacs are large and easy to spot. This winter, even on the bleakest days, I could see their egg sacs in the shrubbery, a welcome sign of life in the otherwise barren landscape.

Each sac contains 300-1,400 eggs and can release over 1,000 spiderlings. However, only a very small of the babies survive their early spiderling-hood.

Protecting the Egg Sacs From Weather and Predators

To keep the sacs safe over the winter, the female spiders weave them into their webs. In our shrubbery, a female writing spider wove several webs for her sacs, attaching them to stems and leaves with webbing. The webbing not only holds the sacs in place, but it also provides them with protection from the elements and predators, such as ants, wasps, and birds.

A yellow garden spider's egg sac can hatch over 1,000 spiderlings.

A yellow garden spider's egg sac can hatch over 1,000 spiderlings.

Yellow Garden Spider Characteristics

Description: Females sport black-topped abdomens with symmetrical stripes and patches of bright yellow. They have three-tone legs, which are usually reddish brown or orange at the base and black at the tips, with whitish-beige bands above and below one or more of the joints. Males are far smaller, with less yellow abdominal coloration and brownish legs.

When at rest on their webs, these spiders typically keep their legs in pairs, creating an X-like shape.

Range: Yellow garden spiders are common throughout the continental United States and Canada, Mexico, and Central America.

Diet: These beneficial spiders eat all manner of flying insects, such as mosquitoes, grasshoppers, dragonflies, aphids, wasps, bees, moths, and butterflies. (On occasion, these spiders have been known to eat hummingbirds or frogs that get stuck in their webs, but this is very much the exception rather than the rule!)

Life Cycle: Males court females by plucking (and thereby vibrating) the females' webs. After mating, the female will weave between one and three egg sacs into her web. Her offspring will then hatch in late summer or autumn, though in areas with cold winters, they will remain "dormant" in the egg sac until spring.

Males usually die after mating. Females, however, tend to die in the first hard frost after mating, meaning they live for about one year (though if temperatures are very mild, females can live for several years!).


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Questions & Answers

Question: Can I safely move yellow garden spiders?

Answer: If you try to handle the yellow garden spider, it will probably bite you, so be sure to wear thick gloves, like the kind you would if pruning roses. Why do you want to move it?

Question: Do Yellow Garden Spiders ever try to get inside a house?

Answer: We have lots of spiders in our house, but I've never seen a Yellow Garden Spider inside. I guess it's possible, but they're simply not as common as spiders like the American house spider.

Question: If a yellow garden spider has made a nest and consequently an egg sac on my porch about 5 feet from my door. Do I need to be concerned about the babies getting into my house?

Answer: The babies will be very, very small when they emerge, and few will survive. Some could blow into your house, but it's unlikely they could harm you. Again, they will be tiny.

Question: When do Yellow Garden baby spiders hatch?

Answer: If you live in an area that experiences a cold winter, the babies hatch in the autumn or even late summer.

Question: Why did my garden spider lay her eggs and then relocate to a new web?

Answer: The female yellow garden spider will produce multiple egg sacs and secure them with webbing, but she doesn't stay to care for them or care for the hatchlings.

Question: Yellow Garden Spiders keep nesting where my hummingbirds feed and have already captured one in their web. Is there any way to encourage them to move to a different location?

Answer: Yes, you could destroy the web, and they'll probably start again elsewhere.

Question: Should I be concerned if we have two little dogs that could bump into the web and get stung by the yellow garden spider?

Answer: You may want to ask your vet that question as he/she knows your dogs' health issues. My old dog was stung by a bee and had a strong allergic reaction (his face swelled up), but he had a sensitivity to bee stings. My current dog has no such sensitivity.

Question: A garden spider lived on my porch all summer. I even bought bugs at the local pet store and fed her every day. She crawled to my welcome mat and died in October. She left 1 sac attached to my window screen. I have been watching the sac closely. It has warmed up to 70 today (February) in TN but it's not uncommon for it to freeze again by April. Will this affect the spiderlings? Will they make their exit too soon? I'm invested in their well-being!

Answer: I read a study by TC Lockley regarding egg sac survivability over winter. According to the article, "the eggs hatch [inside the case] during winter, and the spiderlings remain in the egg case until spring." This was true even in the South, so I would not worry too much about them emerging too soon. I could not find the number of degree days that trigger their emergence. Only a few egg sacs in the study were undamaged by the end of dormancy due to weather damage, wasps and other predators. There are many egg sacs and lots of spiderlings, but few make it to adulthood.

Question: It's mid-September here in Houston and my golden orb spider has just disappeared from her web. She has 4 egg sacs near the web. Did this golden orb spider likely climb down from her web and go somewhere to die? Or is it more likely that a bird killed my local golden orb spider?

Answer: She was probably killed by a predator as the females usually watch over the sacs until the first frost.

Question: It's early July and I’ve had my spider for about three weeks. Yesterday I went to look for him and couldn’t find him. He usually moves his nest, but it’s always close by. I went to look for him today and saw part of his web still there, and he was dead upside down on a leaf. What happened to him? Will more come? I love having them around and they are so neat to see each day.

Answer: The males are small and nondescript, so the spider you're talking about is probably a female. Has she been partially eaten by a bird? If she's intact, the cause may be the environment. Are you in an area where pesticides are applied? Some insecticides, such as pyrethrins, can kill spiders if applied directly.

Question: I have bought a garden spider sac. I want to raise at least 20 babies from the sac. I saw in the hole of the sac that they are really small. My question is when will they decide to leave the sac? It looks like they molted, but they haven’t got their color yet, so they are just sitting in their sac. How long will it take them to come out?

Answer: How long probably depends on the weather there. I have never raised yellow garden spiders but understand that they remain in a dormant state until it’s warm enough for them to survive.

Question: We just had a few cold days. One was particularly cold and went down to 24 degrees that night, and our garden spider female disappeared. I probably already know the answer to this but did she climb down and die someplace? Where would she have gone? Its been a couple of days since we have seen her and we miss her. She nested inside an old bird cage for the season by our kitchen window and became our family pet.

Answer: Yes, you're right. Yellow garden spiders usually die at the first hard frost after they've mated. Hopefully, you'll see her descendants next year.

Question: We had two females in our yard and they disappeared. Who preys on the yellow garden spider?

Answer: Here in MD, lizards and birds are probably their biggest predators, though I understand wasps will kill them, too.

Question: I have an Argiope aurantia in my porch. She has been there all summer and made a total of 5 sacs. It's getting cold and it seems (from all the info I read) that she will die at first frost. Is there anything I can do to protect her and give her a longer life span?

Answer: You probably could capture it and keep it indoors. People do. But why not let it live its life naturally outdoors rather than as a captive? A free death, in my opinion, would be better than a constrained and bewildering extended life.

Question: The mom spider was chased off, believed to be eaten by my chickens. She had just finished her egg sack. I have left it alone for 4 days now; no sightings of her & no recent changes to her web or sack. The sack is only a few inches off the ground & near an area where there are lots on insects. Can I move the sack to protect it?

Answer: Yes, of course! How very kind of you.

Question: My garden spider produced one egg sac in milkweed leaf. She disappeared a few days later, and I see no other sacs. Should I move to sac to a safer spot, maybe an aquarium?

Answer: If you're going to cut down the milkweed, then it would be kind to move the sac. The garden spider doesn't tend the sac beyond securing it with webbing, so the fact that she left isn't significant.

Question: What class is the yellow garden spider in?

Answer: Argiope aurantia is in the Araneidai family, genus Argiope.

Question: Just today a bunch of yellow garden spider babies "exploded" on my front door when I opened the screen! About how long will it take for these baby spiders to disperse? I'm open to keeping them there, but my local postal carrier puts packages behind the screen door; the mail (and the mail carrier!) will get swarmed until the babies leave.

Answer: That sounds crazy! I hope you have taken some pictures. Wow. I don't know how long it will take them to disperse on their own (or in a good wind), but you may want to relocate them to a hedgerow or a naturalized area.

Question: My female garden spider laid her sack and disappeared 3 or 4 days later. It's still summer here. Was she possibly killed or more likely to have known she was dying and left?

Answer: She might have been eaten but, unless temperatures are dipping there at night, she shouldn't be dying of cold yet. It may simply be that she's found a new location for her web and is preparing to lay one last egg sac before the warm season ends.

© 2014 Jill Spencer


Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 22, 2020:

Hi, Miranda! From what I've read, the spiderlings hatch when they get environmental cues that it's a good time to do so. That's why late fall egg sacs sometimes don't hatch until spring. You might consider moving the egg sac to a location farther from your porch. Just be sure to put on gloves in case you encounter the female, as she might bite you. (Her bite is the equivalent of a bee sting.) Btw, I saw a lovely female garden spider in one of our flower beds today but didn't spot a sac. Take care! Jill

Myranda on August 21, 2020:

So there is a bunxh of writting spiders at th back porch..and i found a egg sac! Im scared that the baby spiders will crawl in the house

Its in August. Do you know when we'll they hatch?

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 12, 2020:

From what I understand, environmental factors like temperature determine when the eggs hatch.

Ria on August 11, 2020:

How long til the egg sac hatch? It’s been 3 weeks.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on November 03, 2019:

Yellow garden spiders have evolved to survive and thrive in their native environment. If the sacs don't hatch before winter, they will become dormant, and the spiderlings will appear in spring.

WT Baker on November 03, 2019:

There are 3 relatively small eggsacks attached to panels of the siding of my house. The female has died. The sacks are very exposed. Will they survive harsh winter conditions?

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on October 06, 2018:

Hi, it's hard to say why the spiders choose the locations they do. This summer we've only had one yellow garden spider but lots of funnel web spiders. They're supposed to weave their tunnels in dark areas, but ours are out in the flowerbeds big as life in full sun. As for overwintering the egg sacs, I have no experience with doing such a thing and will defer to others. Perhaps entomologist Mike Raupp, who hosts Bug of the Week, could answer that.

witthaus on October 06, 2018:

i had to move two writer spider egg sacs because i was rearranging a shed's fencing. (i know it was a writer spider because i fed her grasshoppers a few times late summer). I wish to overwinter them safely. I have a non-frost free refrigerator, (ie it has moisture). Shall i keep them in there until warm weather? I could then put it in a safe pasture, instead of the barn area, where i know there are not so verrrrry many wasps.

DaNessa on October 01, 2018:

Well she layed 5 sacs. Then one morning I checked on her and she was gone. I checked back several times without luck. I'm disappointed because it's still so hot here. I wonder if she spies her egg sacs from afar. I wonder if she left. How far can they travel? Ok, thanks Jill

Chris Walker on September 20, 2018:

We have a garden spider that made 2 egg sacks by our barn. After about a month the spider left and made a new web much closer to our. It’s a little unnerving. Haha! Anyway, is it common for them to just leave their egg sacks and home webs after being there for so long?

Clint Mullins on September 20, 2018:

Not seeing many in Indiana in the past several years

DaNessa on September 17, 2018:

Hello Jill! I have a yellow garden spider right outside my back door. There's no plants near, and I don't leave on my porch light, so I'm not sure why she picked such n exposed spot. I don't kill spiders because there beneficial. If my daughter comes across one she screams for me and I take it outside. But as you know this is a large long legged yellow garden spider that's right outside our door about chest high! Since I have a cat that brings me cicadas and large moths I've been feeding her regularly. When she later her first egg sac, I was thrilled. I felt some trust. Shockingly over the last month she has added three more baby sacs for a total of four!! You can imagine how proud I feel. Since we live in the hot south there's still time for another! I just feel like this isn't normal. I read she will die when it gets cold/ or first frost?? Thanks for having this ongoing conversation. I'm excited to hear your thoughts! Thanks, DaNessa

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 09, 2018:

That is too cool, Aminah! Thanks for sharing your experience.

Aminah Rhea from Atlanta, GA on September 08, 2018:

Hi Jill, truly awesome knowledge shared here about these beautiful "grandmother" spiders. I took notice to them when I actually witnessed and filmed her spinning her web between our large bush and bay window. She has been around for about a month now and now just today I took notice of the two sacs she's created. She is at work every night at the witching hour reforming her stabilimenta, and now has actually switched to the other side of her web. It's awesome to see others views on these awesome arachnids. Thanks again Jill.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 01, 2018:

As humans take up more spaces, roadsides get mown or sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, many old friends like yellow garden spiders, fireflies and butterflies are declining in numbers. We must advocate for them and make our own yards welcoming to them by swearing off chemicals and planting more native plants. Thank you for commenting! Hope your holiday weekend is happy. Jill

Dimitri Eyushke on September 01, 2018:

My family and friends throughout Ohio grew up around these spiders, and many of them as well. They were constantly everywhere that tall grass was to be found, but now, about a decade later, I have seen one or two while driving along the road. Has there been a decrease in their population in recent years?

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on October 20, 2017:

Hi Ashley & Laura, I'm not sure what happened to your female yellow garden spiders. They may have been eaten by a bird or other predator. If you had a hard frost, that also might have killed them. Alternatively, they might have simply gone to another location to set their webs, although from what I've read, they usually stay with their sacs. If you live in a warm climate, it's more likely a predator got your spider or it moved to a different locale. They don't survive cold weather, and sacs won't hatch until spring. Although our winters are not particularly harsh here, our yellow garden spiders "disappeared" last year when the weather turned cold, leaving their brown, papery sacs behind to hatch in spring.

Ashley Monts on October 19, 2017:

@Laura I am wondering the same. I’ve had a yellow garden spider in my flower bed for several weeks. Today, he is gone and is his web. Completely gone. Did he just pack it up and move along? So strange.

Laura on October 11, 2017:

I had a Yellow Garden Spider in my hydrangia. She produced three sacs. Was up early yesterday and watched her fix her web. She had two large bugs wrapped up. When I went outside today, she is gone as is her web. Just disappeared. Is this common? Do they go off to die and dismantal their web? The sacs are there, and look unharmed. She has been in my plant for well over a month now that I know of. Just wondering if it is common for the female to disappear like this?

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on September 28, 2017:

Hi Dominique, perhaps you're thinking of the webbing they produce. (:

Dominique on September 28, 2017:

I want to know what does it mean when a garden spit on white gooey stuff.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on January 12, 2016:

Good job with this! I'm a big fan of the critters myself. Glad to see someone else preaching the gospel of beneficial spiders!

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 13, 2015:

Hi mary615, thanks for your comments. May all your spiders be friendly ones! lol

sharkye11-- Vengeful garden spiders? It sounds like a Twilight Zone episode! Love it. Thanks for stopping by. Jill

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on August 12, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD! I love these spiders! I was always told by my grandmother that it was bad luck to kill them, and if you knocked their web down they would write your name when they rebuilt it and you would die within the year. Naturally, I always respected them growing up, and still go out of my way to protect their webs!

Lovely hubs with great pictures! I hope it saves some garden spiders!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 12, 2015:

Congrats on this HOTD! I've never seen this particular spider. Your photos are outstanding!!

We have many varieties of spiders where I live, and some of them are not very friendly!

Your photo of the Zinnia is so pretty. I have some in bloom now that is that exact color.

Voted this UP, etc.etc.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 12, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD, too!

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 12, 2015:

Hi Barbara! They're amazing, aren't they? And so big and bright that they hardly seem real. Thanks for stopping by! All the best, Jill

BarbaraCasey on August 12, 2015:

I'm not usually a spider person, but was captivated by the saga of a spiny orb weaver a couple of years ago when it made its web off our apartment balcony. I couldn't get close enough to take pictures like yours, though. What a wonderful pictorial lesson you've given.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 12, 2015:

Thanks for commenting, Rebecca, Donna & Kristen. I'm delighted and surprised to get a HOTD! Yay! --Jill

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 12, 2015:

Jill, thanks for sharing your vast wealth of knowledge on these yellow garden spiders. I never saw them before. Very interesting and voted up!

Donna Herron from USA on August 12, 2015:

Hi Jill! Just wanted to stop by again and congratulate you on your HOTD! I still don't like spiders, but your accolade is well deserved :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 12, 2015:

I recognize the zigzag line. I will try not to kill any spiders until I check them out after reading this. Lovely hub. Congrats! Well deserved HOTD.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 10, 2015:

I remember these spiders from childhood on the farm. Beautiful and they only do good.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 19, 2014:

Hey Kenneth. Now we have a black snake and two box turtles, too! I actually wish the snakes would go back to the woods. They tend to hang around the front steps, alert with heads up, making me think they might dart inside if they got the chance. I miss the toads which, thanks to the snakes, aren't as prevalent now.

Kenneth Avery on June 05, 2014:

Hi, Dirt Farmer,

You have king snakes? Wow! You are one blessed person. Oh, how I would love it if I were physically-able to travel to see your place. Sounds like Eden to me.

I do enjoy your work. You are a talented writer as well. I am grateful for our friendship and our mutual followings.


Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 05, 2014:

Hi Kenneth! Spiders really are fascinating, and I've enjoyed keeping track of our yellow garden spiders. We now have several snakes in the garden-- king snakes, I think. I'd love to get a few pictures of them, but never seem to have the camera handy when I come across one. Appreciate your comments and your kinds words. All the best, Jill

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on June 04, 2014:

Hello, Dirt Farmer,

I love spiders. Spiders of all kinds, types, shapes. Loved this hub and voted it up and away---great job. Well-written and presented.

Keep up the great work.

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Al.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 15, 2014:

Hi Deb. You know how it is -- now you'll start seeing yellow garden spiders everywhere! Nice to hear from you. Hope you're keeping well. --Jill

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 14, 2014:

Great info, Jill. I never knew about these.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 26, 2014:

Hi there, Peggy W! Thanks for the pin. Yellow garden spiders seem to be just about everywhere, I guess, including the Lone Star state. Have a good one! All the best, Jill

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 24, 2014:

Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. Seems like lots of hubbers have yellow garden spiders in their yards. We must be doing something right! Have a good one. All the best, Jill

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 24, 2014:

Nice to see again, too, Glimmer Twin Fan! Thanks for much for sharing this hub. (:

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2014:

I have also seen these spiders but never knew anything special about them. Thanks for the education about them. They are very pretty as spiders go! Ha! Pinning this to my butterflies and insects board.

Lisa Roppolo from New Lenox, IL on April 23, 2014:

I've had these in my garden as well. I leave them alone. If I'm trying to work in an area where there is one, I carefully relocate it.

Claudia Porter on April 23, 2014:

Nice to see you again Jill! We love our yellow spiders in our yard. I never really considered their benefits, just that they are beautiful to look at. Shared around.

Eiddwen from Wales on April 17, 2014:

Spiders are not my favourite members of nature but this hub was so interesting.

Voted up for sure.


Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on April 16, 2014:

Jill - yes it snowed in south-central PA. I had to cover up my strawberries. I am very ready for SUMMER!

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 16, 2014:

Hi Ms. Dora! I guess everybody's afraid of something. Frogs & toads are my bugaboos. Don't ask me why. Although I'd never kill one, I wouldn't want to cuddle up to one, and last year when I accidentally squeezed a toad while weeding (I thought he was a clump of dirt) I about had a heart attack! Hope you're having a good spring! All the best, Jill

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 16, 2014:

Absolutely, Maren! Hey! How are you? I've been so busy that I've been away from HP for a while, but it's nice to be back & great to hear from you. Btw, it snowed here last night. Did you get the same?

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 16, 2014:

Jill, I am afraid of all spiders, but I'm glad I read your article. It is interesting and I learned a few hats. Now I'll look for the white hat to help me with identification. Thank you.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on April 16, 2014:

Ok, Jill, when i see a spider the size of a quarter wearing a white hat, I'll say hello and not cause any harm to it. *Smile*

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 15, 2014:

You're so accomplished at knitting! It's art when you do it, so I'm not surprised you work on it year round. I'm still in the pee wee league. Right not, I'm on a sabbatical! lol But I'll get back to it once the weather gets cold again.

Donna Herron from USA on April 15, 2014:

Hi Jill - Yes, I knit year round :). In the summer, I like to start holiday gifts or work on larger projects. Plus, knitting is a great activity for vacation travel. Are you still knitting?

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 15, 2014:

Hi purl3agony! Well, I certainly wouldn't pick one up, no matter how harmless they are, but like you I appreciate helpful spiders like the yellow garden spider. They're so big that many people find them scary, I think, and might kill them because they think they're dangerous rather than beneficial. Always good to hear from you. Will you still knit once the weather turns warm?

Donna Herron from USA on April 15, 2014:

Hi Jill! I'm always happy to read your new hubs, but I must admit I'm not a fan of spiders. Now that I know a little bit more about Yellow Garden Spiders, I can appreciate them. Great hub with really wonderful photos - very interesting!! Voted up!

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 15, 2014:

Thanks for reading, Rebecca. I love to watch yellow garden spiders, although I haven't seen them capture a praying mantis as is in the video. That's a little too "Wild Kingdom" for me! All the best, Jill

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 15, 2014:

I've seen these fellas. I didn't realize what they were called OR that they were a gardener's helper. Thanks!