Other common names: Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Yellow Garden Orbweaver, Writing Spider, Black and Yellow Argiope
Scientific name: Argiope aurantia
The Yellow Garden Spider is found throughout all of the lower 48 US states and southern Canada. Some have been noted as far south as Mexico and Costa Rica. They often make their webs in fields with tall grasses closer to forests. They also have been known to make residence on eaves of houses and other buildings. Webs are usually between 2-8 feet off the ground and can sometimes stretch over 2 ft wide. Garden Spider webs are always noticeable by the zig-zag pattern in the middle of the web.
Appearance / health:
The Yellow Garden Spider is a very eye catching spider. They have beautiful color patterns of black, yellow, white, with banding on the legs. Of course, like most spider species, the females are always this beautiful looking. Males are always smaller and duller in appearance. Females can reach up to 3 inches whereas males reach only 1/2 - 1 inch.
Behavior / temperament:
This spider will bite if provoked enough, but it’s not medically significant. Their bite mostly resembles a bee sting. They are fast, so handling is not recommended. This spider is good for anyone, including beginners, however since they need a large vertical space, it might not be recommended if the keeper can’t support the cage space.
Yellow Garden Spiders will need a large enclosure, not due to its size, but because of its web. A custom built tank would probably work best but if that’s not an option a 20-40 gallon tall tank would be good. Of course, larger is best. Even young Garden Spiders will need enough room to web, but they can be housed in a 10-20 gallon until they get overly big.
Temperatures should mimic the summer time temps where they were found. Generally, temperatures should be between 70-85F. Humidity levels are not that important and should be around 50-60%. Misting the tank occasionally is okay. Substrate can be a mix of potting soil and peat, 1-2 inches deep. Tank décor could be some tall (vertical) branches, fake plants, logs, etc. placed on both sides of the enclosure, so the spider may fix its web to it. Water is obtained through feeding so water dishes are not necessary, but misting the tank will also help hydration.
Adults should be offered any large insects such as crickets, moths, flies, and other soft bodied insects. Baby and younger spiders should be offered baby crickets, small flies, and other small appropriately sized insects.
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The Yellow Garden Spider with a Farmers Prediction
Among all the arachnids the Yellow Garden Spider "AKA" The writing Spider or The News Spider can be a farmers friend today or foe tomorrow. On the farm growing up as a child you gather all kinds of "Old Wise Tales" or "Superstition".
When I was young I was always cautious of this spider for what I had heard about it's great abilities to predict the news from weather to events good or bad. One of the old farmers tales was that if the female spider formed her web in the hay field along side the road to be careful and do not speak in front of her. Do not say a name because if there was bad news she would spin that name in her web and if she did it was certain bad news would come to that person.
There was also the wise tale of if she spun her web in your garden and drew pictures or lines on her wall she was decorating her home and she was happy. You would surely have a good crop that year and all the pest that would normally plague your crop would simply see her and drop!
Now is these tales true? Well as a child your imagination can play tricks on you and I recall a time walking along side the hay field and I seen her in the center of her beautiful huge web and what looked like a letter forming of an "S" in it. At the east of the field a friend and a fellow student of mine lived by the name of "Shown". Shown came to school the following Monday talking about his brother and him fighting over the weekend and his brother got mad at him and ran across The News Madam (Spider) and was shouting his name in the web the day before I thought I seen the S in the web. Now I do not know if she spelled his name or not, and I do not know if there is any relevance; but 10 years later Shown had and unfortunate accident, and was walking down the highway after another disagreement with his brother and was hit by another driver and passed away instantly.
When this happened his brother cried and spoke of the day that he remembered screaming into that web. Now don't get me wrong the "Madam" in my opionon is a great spider and really is a magnificent creature to watch and we did have beautiful crops and even picked her up and placed her in our garden in hopes she would be happy and build her home. This maybe a bunch of farmer superstition to keep children away from her and not to kill her because she is such a help by keeping the insect eaten in the garden. Who knows; but she not only makes a beautiful web she also is a "Legend" of an incredible story!.
From lilbeck82 Feb 26 2014 4:03AM
She Does Her Own Thing
Spindle was never my own companion in the sense that she lived in my home with me. Rather, I discovered her in my mother's garden one summer and we became fast friends. She was about the size of my hand and, after researching to be sure she was not venomous, I discovered she she was very gentle in nature and did not mind my contact. Despite their bright coloring, Garden Spiders are remarkably safe to handle, not even hinting at a desire to be aggressive. The coloration is largely to ward off predators, as it is programmed to fear yellows and reds. While Spindle did hunt for herself, there were times of drought that would steal away the grasshoppers from her. In these cases, she was eager for any bug I could offer, easy to please and always grateful. When the weather would grow colder, I would provide shelter for the girl in my bedroom. She'd build a web in my window and I'd provide food for her through out the winter (if I could find nothing due to it being winter, I would purchase live crickets for her at the store). She required very little of me, but gave back so much in the form of purpose and kindness. She was laid back, but she did not like my younger cousins, growing agitated when they'd raise their voices or move too quickly. Garden Spiders make better friends than companions. By the end of winter, she'd be eager to return to her garden, so I can only imagine if one were to be caged their whole life. They like space. They are the perfect companion for someone who wants a creature that is low maintenance and will just be around when you want to see and hold something beautiful..
From BhuvanaMcGoats May 19 2015 10:55PM