5 Interesting Facts About Black and Yellow Garden Spiders

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Here is a black and yellow garden spider showing off its cool zigzag patterned web

Today I want to write about a really amazing spider that has a cool web, the black and yellow garden spider.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Also known as black and yellow argiopes, these lovely little spiders grow up to 3 cm long, with the females twice as large as the males.
  2. They are a kind of orb web spider and they build large round webs up to two feet across.
  3. They make a clear zigzag pattern of silk in the middle of their web and wait there for their prey to fly into it.  They are most active during the day and catch and eat flies, grasshoppers, crickets, wasps, moths and bees.  Females can catch prey twice as big as they are.
  4. After mating, the males die and are often eaten by the female.  She lays large egg sacs in the web and guards them from predators until she dies when the weather starts to get cold in winter.  In spring, thousands of little spiderlings hatch and float away on the wind on strands of silk.
  5. Black and yellow garden spiders are very common and can be found in gardens throughout the United States and Canada.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about black and yellow garden spiders?

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