- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Suborder: Araneomorphae
- Family: Araneidae
- Genus: Argiope
- Species: Argiope aurantia
Common Name (AAS)
Yellow Garden Spider
Other Common Names
Black and Yellow Garden Spider, Black and Yellow Argiope, Garden Spider, Writing Spider, Golden Orb-weaver
Hippolyte Lucas, 1833
There have been 137 confirmed sightings of Argiope aurantia (Black and Yellow Garden Spider), with the most recent sighting submitted on December 24, 2019 by Spider ID member tangledweb. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 137 sightings because of certain Argiope aurantia sightings reporting incomplete data.
- Web: 82% of the time, Argiope aurantia spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 79)
- Sex: 58 female and 4 male.
- Environment: Argiope aurantia has been sighted 91 times outdoors, and 4 times indoors.
- Outdoors: Man-made structure (51). On flower (2). Low foliage (24). High foliage (3). Ground layer (3). Freshwater river, lake, stream (2). Open field, pasture, grassland (4). Forest (2).
Location and Range
Argiope aurantia (Black and Yellow Garden Spider) has been sighted in the following countries: Mexico, United States.
Argiope aurantia has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Argiope aurantia has been primarily sighted during the month of August.
- February: 1
- March: 1
- April: 1
- May: 8
- June: 6
- July: 10
- August: 37
- September: 33
- October: 23
- December: 2
- One of the largest members of the orb weaver family Araneidae in North America. Because of its size and bright coloration, it’s one of the most commonly known and recognized by observers.
- This species takes most of its potty breaks at night, and often leaves its web to do so (Curtis & Carrel 2000).
- As a defensive strategy, this spider may rapidly shake and vibrate in its web; the shaking blurs the spider and makes it appear bigger than it really is.
- Egg sacs are made of tough brown silk, are spherical or pear-shaped, about 20-25mm in diameter, and can contain 400 to 1,200 yellowish eggs, sometimes even more. Females can make 3 or 4 of them, roughly one or two weeks apart. Spiderlings (baby spiders) overwinter inside the egg sac and emerge in the spring.