Arizona Wildlife

Identify a spider with white spots, striped legs, yellow, white design abdomen stomach – Orb-weaver

This spider’s wheel shaped round web made identifying this striped legged spider easier.  Orb-weaver spiders are the most common garden spiders and love to hangout in the middle of their round webs.

spiders with striped long legs

spiders with white markings abdomen, Orb Weaver spiders

This chromatic 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 massive silky web!

orb weaver spider

striped legs spider with large abdomen markings is an orbweaver

Orbweaver spider

spider striped legs abdomen yellow design

The insect that wonders into the female Orb weaver’s viscid web will receive a quick stunning bite.  This spider has over 3,000 species and belongs to the family Araneidae. 

spiders with white marks on belly stomach

Common spiders with striped legs and white spots markings

spider 4-6 spots on abdomen

spider with white spots on abdomen

Within a few minutes an insect settled on her web and provided a meal for this female Orb weaving spider.  All Orbweavers spin webs.  According to  Female Orb-weavers spin the webs and are seen more often than the male spiders.

a baby orb weaver garden spider

white spider with black markings, a young orb weaver spider

It is late summer and spiders are everywhere!  Fall is typically the time the female Orb weaving spiders will lay their last clutch of eggs.   The spider eggs survive the winter and will hatch in the spring.


gray spider white markings orbweaver

Another female Orb weaver was nearby on her wheel shaped web.  This spider was gray colored with striped legs and a white design on the abdomen.   The white design on the spider’s abdomen is clear in the photo below.

abdomen with white design

brown gray spider with white markings

Orb-weaver spiders only bite if they feel threatened.  Their venom is not harmful to humans.   The bite of Orb weaving spiders feels like a bee sting.  They stay active at night rebuilding and repairing their round shaped webs.

Are Orb-weaver spiders poisonous?    Spiders have venom.  Orb-weaver venom is potent but this spider venom is NOT dangerous to humans.

eight eyes

eyes of an orbweaver spider

Orb-weavers and all members of the family Araneidae have eight similar eyes in 2 rows of four.  The spider’s eyes are pretty clear in the photo above.

large abdomen with markings

round spider web with yellow on a large abdomen – orbweaver spider

Orb-weaver spider

spider with white spots on abdomen

In the picture above, this species has 2 white spots on a large abdomen.  

Orb-weaver spiders can help control your mosquito population and are considered beneficial to have around!

orbweaver spider

spider yellow markings striped legs large belly

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

14 replies »

  1. Thank you so much for your photos and information. I have a very large female orb weaver with white spots on her abdomen. She lives outside my front door and spins a tremendous web evry night in a large hole in the back of one of my bushes. It is directly across from our porch light. Although very beautiful and intriguing I was worried that this spider was poisonous. Im very pleased to learn that I can watch her make these ama ing webs each night without being worried that I was being irresponsible for letting her live there. She is very large and only comes out at night, none of us would dare threaten her. Thanks again for the information. P.S. We have named her Arrigog, Harry Potter fans will appreciate that name.

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    • Great Comment Janet and Great name for your Orb Weaver! It is amazing to watch those females fix their webs every night. Hopefully she will get some of the gnats from all this humidity🙂


        • Great Question Janet! Yes they shed or in spider talk “Molt”. The exoskeleton is made up of protein molecules in layers, like the grains in wood. It keeps the spider from drying out, but it cannot expand. The spider has to molt in order to grow. When your spider, Arrigog, is molting, she will probably hide because the new exoskeleton takes a day or 2 to harden. Often the spiders coloring gets more vivid from its shedding.


  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m in NE Ohio and have what I now believe to be two decent sized Orb spiders on my back porch. Had it not been for your article I wouldn’t have been sure because their webs are not what I typically associate with orb spiders.


  3. i feel bad I killed one the other day- scared to get bit or have one bite my dog- now knowing they are not dangerous to humans i shall not squash the next one.😦 now i feel bad since i don’t really like killing anything unless its threatening…


  4. Nice photos Tj. Interesting to note that you also have lots of spiders at this time of year… my favourite one is a yellow striped one called the Wasp Spider. It’s very pretty in the sunshine! It weaves its web close to the ground between plants, and we see quite a few in autumn.


    • Cathy there are so many spiders out now! It is getting close to fall so the females will be laying their last egg sacs. Hope you can get a picture of a Wasp Spider, would love to see it🙂


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