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The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, zigzag spider, corn spider, or McKinley spider. It is common to the contiguous United States, Hawaii, southern Canada, Mexico, and Central America. It has ...


Black and Yellow Garden Spiders are also called a Common Garden Spider, or a Yellow Garden Spider in various publications. Whichever name used, spotting one of these spiders is quite a treat as their unique shape and striking colors add a bit of natural drama to your garden.


The black-and-yellow argiope spider (Argiope aurantia) is quite attractive and one of our more conspicuous species of orb weaving spiders. FIGURE 2. The black-and-yellow argiope spider has a cephalothorax (fused head and thorax) covered with short, silvery hairs.


The black-and-yellow garden spider is commonly found near houses and in gardens. The small cephalothorax (head) is tipped with silver hairs, and the slightly oval abdomen is patterned with yellow (sometimes orange) and black.


The European garden spider is recognized by its large tan and gray body with mottled tan or brown markings across the back, which is also highlighted by five or more large white dots forming a cross like shape. The Argiope usually is yellow or black with two rows of three white spots along its back.


The spider species Argiope aurantia, commonly known as Black and Yellow Garden Spider, belongs to the genus Argiope, in the family Araneidae. Argiope aurantia spiders have been sighted 108 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Argiope aurantia includes 2 countries and 30 states in the United States.


Description and Biology. Argiope aurantia is a showy spider usually noticed in late summer. It has several common names: black-and-yellow argiope, black and yellow garden spider, corn spider, golden garden spider; golden orb-weaver, writing spider, yellow garden argiope, yellow garden orb-weaver, and zipper spider.


Black-and-Yellow Garden Spider Webs. The large yellow spider is the female. She builds a complex web, usually overnight, that can take the entire night to build. These spiders are active in late summer and through autumn, and their webs are commonly portrayed in Halloween decorations.


The Garden spider is also known as the black and yellow spider, corn spider, writing spider, and black and yellow Argiope. The most distinctive feature of a Garden spider is its black or brown and yellow markings on its abdomen.


In North America, Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the black and yellow garden spider, zipper spider, corn spider, or writing spider, because of the similarity of the web stabilimenta to writing.