argiope-aurantia-e28093-also-known-as-yellow-garden-spiderThe yellow garden spider, also known as Argiope aurantia is most abundant from the end of July to mid September. They produce huge orb webs and hangs in their webs with their head down waiting for prey.

The prey they feed on are small insects and the only insects they got are the ones trapped in their web. These spiders are sometime called writing spiders due to the zig-zag patterns often found in their webs. The patterns are called stabilimenta since they add stability to the web.

This picture is a close-up of a yellow garden spider eating a cicade.

The yellow garden spider is not dangerous to healthy people, since the only symptoms from a bites is an itchy swelling that’s over in 2 or 3 days. — Inspired by