The Garden Spider
Thousands of spiders’ species exist on this planet each having its unique features, habitat and characteristics. One prominent spider specie’ is Argiope Aurantia which, commonly referred as the Garden Spider.
HOW TO IDENTIFY GARDEN SPIDERS
Garden spiders have white cephalothorax and are also known as Yellow Garden Spider or Black-Yellow Garden Spider because of the distinctive yellow markings on their abdomen. Male garden spiders are larger in size than females. Males range from 5–9 mm (0.20–0.35 in) whereas females are 19–28 mm (0.75–1.10 in) long.
As their name refers, their main habitat is green and grassy areas like gardens, clearing or meadows. They have the ability to build delicate orb-shaped webs. These intricate webs are built in sunny locations and are pretty strong; they can build large webs ranging 60cm in diameter. They use their web to capture prey and instantly jump on them and paralyze them with their venom.
The Garden Spiders aren’t aggressive in nature and usually don’t bite humans. However, if they feel threatened or are disturbed they may bite people. Their venom isn’t dangerous but might result in minor irritation or swelling.
Garden Spiders are some sort of friends to humans as they help them in controlling insect populations in gardens as they mostly prey upon small insects, butterflies, flies, wasps, etc.
Garden spiders thrive in spring season and there is a surge in their population from March – May. Spider eggs hatch in autumn season but remain dormant till spring and then they leave their sac and hunt for food.
Witnessing spider webs in garden, on shrubs, branches and plants are telltale signs of presence of Garden spiders in your vicinity. Their webs are easily recognizable because of their distinct orb shape. Moreover if you somehow spot spiders carrying egg sacs in autumn, this signifies that there will be a spider infestation soon.