My quest to identify a spider that was keeping residence on the fountain in our pond became critical when I saw this black, brownish, gray spider eating a damselfly.
**Damselflies are beneficial to the health of the pond.
QUICK FACT: Spiders are venomous. They use venom to subdue their prey. Fortunately, very few spiders are harmful to humans or even able to penetrate the skin of a human.
The wheel shaped web made identifying this striped legged spider easy. Orb-weaver spiders are the most common garden spiders and love to hangout in the middle of their round webs.
This colorful spider made a web marvel between two large Yucca plants. It was a medium sized spider, a bit scary looking up close; but I was so intrigued with her large silky web!
The insect that wonders into the Orb-weaver’s sticky web will receive a quick stunning bite. This spider has over 10,000 species and belongs to the family Araneidae.
All Orb-weaver spiders spin webs!
Fall is typically the time the female Orb-weaver spiders will lay her last clutch of eggs. The spider eggs survive the winter and will hatch in the spring.
Orb Weaver Spiders belong to the family Araneidae and possess eight similar eyes, arranged in two rows of four eyes each.
The Orb Weaver includes over 10,000 species. That is a lot of variations and spider patterns!
Orb-weaver spiders only bite if they feel threatened. Their venom is not harmful to humans. A bite of the Orb-weaver spider feels like a bee sting. They are active at night rebuilding and repairing their round, wheel-shaped webs.
For people searching to identify a spider that looks like the one I found in the above picture. This is a spider with a large abdomen, gray and blackish striped legs, 4-6 white marks underneath the abdomen.
Like all spiders, the young Orb-weaver looks like a tiny adult when it hatches. As the spider grows it sheds it’s skin. Spiders hatch in the spring.
For identifying the spiders I posted today:
- gray, brown colors
- striped legs
- spider with yellow markings on the abdomen
- 2-5 white spots underneath the belly
- spider with white markings on a gray abdomen
Orb-weaver spiders are good because they help control mosquito, fly and ant populations; therefore, beneficial to humans.
TIDBITS: How long does a spider live? Most spiders live for one year.