Garden Spider

The evening sun backlit this garden spider’s web.

This is the first summer in several years that a garden spider hasn’t built a web just outside my picture window. A predator might have gotten in the egg case during the winter.

I call them “garden spiders.” Technically, they go by the name black-and-yellow argiope. This one is a female. They have a body up to 1 1/8-inch long. The male’s body only reaches 3/8-inch.

Look at the size of her abdomen.

Her appearance changed two days later …


Compare the proportions of her abdomen before and after laying her eggs.

Next was finding her egg case.  The ones in the past with webs near picture window had their egg case fastened to the end of the web and against the house.

It’s a jungle in my sedum patch, and so far I haven’t been able to find the egg case. I don’t want to disturb her. She’s in the near the upper middle part of the picture where the brown leaf is.

This picture was taken last year.  She laid her eggs during the night, so I didn’t get to see how she made that “vessel.”

Wikipedia says the female lays her eggs on a sheet of silky material. She lays down another sheet of silk and then a sheet of protective brown silk.  Next she uses her legs to form the silk into a ball with an up-turned neck. The egg sacs can be up to 1 inch in diameter and have up to 1,000 eggs.


10 responses to this post.

  1. You’re so brave! Of all spiders, this is one of the scariest ones.. They’re so big! Their webs are beautiful though, I especially like the zig zag part.


    • The spider didn’t seem too concerned with my presence. Of course I took her picture quite often. The zig zag part is characteristic of their webs.


      • I wonder if I’ll ever be able to take pictures like that.. I don’t think so! I really appreciate all these shots because I get to see something I wouldn’t see in real life..

      • I’ve spend years and years in nature. It’s just a matter of becoming aware of all that’s around you. The more you see, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you see. Just relax and enjoy! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!!!

      • Wise words! 🙂 Thanks a lot!

      • I’m more an artist than photographer. I use a Canon PowerShot SX130 IS. Which means all I really know how to do is keep it mostly on “P” and set the light exposure (not even sure if that’s the right wording.) Sometimes I use the manual. I take a lot of pictures. Wildlife usually tolerates me if I’m in the right frame of mind.

  2. Posted by Therese on September 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Great job!


  3. You know my fear of spiders, but still a great post and photos, although they still gave me the heebie-jeebies! LOL 🙂 I still remember your spider over your bed story!


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