Does this spider look familar?

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  1. katlupe

    katlupe Off-The-Grid Homesteader Supporter

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    I found this colorful guy near my horses' paddock and wonder if he's the dangerous sort or not. I do not like spiders at all, but was just curious about him because of the colors.

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  2. OD

    OD Well-Known Member

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    That looks something like what we call a Zig Zag spider. They make a web with a zig zag pattern. They are good guys.
    Ours have a little less yellow, but I'm sure it's the same kind of spider.
     

  3. bare

    bare Head Muderator

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    Common Golden Garden Spider is their name. Beneficial, and pretty to boot.
     
  4. Hovey Hollow

    Hovey Hollow formerly hovey1716

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    We call her a garden spider. Very beneficial. One of the good guys.
     
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    I love these spiders! We used to have so many grasshoppers that I built a framework of pvc and covered it with nylon netting to try to grow anything. But then we started getting more and more of these and now I don't have more grasshoppers than I can deal with.

    They are big! They are sort of scary, but in a pretty way. I'm spider phobic, too, so I know where you are coming from. But they are really a very good thing to have around.

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  6. BaronsMom

    BaronsMom Well-Known Member

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    Definitely a garden spider....beautiful!
     
  7. agmantoo

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    We refer to these spiders as writing spiders. If they write your name with the zigzag web pattern you DIE!
     
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    We call them writer spiders. I had a ton of them in yard one summer. Boy the snagged everything. Even small lizards and forgs got stuck in the web. I'm a bit phobic of spiders, but these guys were really beautiful (as spiders go) and watching them build their web was amazing.
     
  9. boxwoods

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    yes, she' s a good spider
     
  10. katlupe

    katlupe Off-The-Grid Homesteader Supporter

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    Ok. You all saved her life! I'll keep her.
     
  11. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

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    yep, in these parts, it's a writing spider too. probably getting ready to spin a nest.
     
  12. hollym

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    People in Texas call them banana spiders! I had one living in my bedroom for quite a while, too big to catch it.

    hollym
     
  13. airotciv

    airotciv Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Must agree with everyone just a good old garden spider. I have one living in my car at the moment. I like spiders, but when living in your car you can get webed everytime you get in the car. Wish he would move to the back seat. :)
     
  14. tonto

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    I was told they were called Orb Spiders. The first time I met one,
    it scared me to death. Usually large brightly colored spiders/snakes/etcs
    are bad news. Worse yet, it was on my shoulder and crawling toward
    my back where I wouldn't be able to see it! I was able to knock her
    off without either of us getting too upset.

    Once I found out she was harmless, I made sure that she had a nice
    and undisturbed spot in the garden. She did make pretty webs.

    -tonto
     
  15. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    I vote for garden spider. They can easily make a web across a 30 inch corn row. Not pleasant to walk into, worse yet if you dont know where the spider dropped!
     
  16. Orville

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    It's a writing spider. Gently disturb its web and it will begin to bounce the web like a trampoline. Quite funny.
     
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    Everyone should see that once in their life its truley an amazing thing.
     
  18. katlupe

    katlupe Off-The-Grid Homesteader Supporter

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    I'm going to catch her a grasshopper today. She's not in my garden, but in some weeds next to the porch on our barn. I watched her all day yesterday. She is weaving a web. I can't believe I am so interested in her as I really hate spiders as a general rule.

    I have had dreams about them ever since I was a child. I would wake up and think there was one on the ceiling or the wall and have to get up and look. My first husband thought I was a riot! I am not like this about everything, just spiders.
     
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    they are called orb weavers and they are awesome you can feed them grasshoppers. my granma always told me gypsys can read the writing on the web?? never met a gypsy so I can't say for sure.
     
  20. heidith

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    Aren't they called Yellow Argiope(s)?
    Heidi in NY