In his Go Wild column, Eric Paylor points out that our cold winters wipe out most adult garden spiders
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Argiopeflorida, the Florida garden spider
, is found in xeric palmetto scrub in several southeastern states.
Arachnids on view range from large golden silk spiders to banded garden spiders
famous for their intricate webs and dramatic yellow and black markings.
Also known as the Orb Spider, this creature has a large round, fat body,often decorated with fancy patterns.
Stabilimenta of the garden spider
Argiope trifasciata: a possible prey attractant.
I've rather taken to a garden spider
the size of a penny that lives behind a leaf stuck to our lounge window.
Curtis and Carrel (2000) noted that the garden spider
often leaves its web to excrete, and that it generally does so at night; however, it excretes under its web, consistent with their impression that its major predators are birds and predatory wasps.
Hayashi of the University of California, Riverside studied the five fibrous silks of the orb-weaving silver garden spider
, Argiope argentata.
The garden spider
below is a master trapper, netting prey with its tricky web.
But spider expert Jack Fenwick, of Naturally Wild - an ecology specialist based on Skippers Lane, Middlesbrough - con-firmed that the spider is a common garden spider
Among males of the yellow garden spider
, "all of them do it," she says.
Building the Bridge: This garden spider
(left) got rid of most of her old, damaged web by eating it (see remains in upper right corner).