Spiders don’t bother me. We have several small brown garden spiders in the backyard and I like to think they’re eating the irritating little mosquitoes.
But last night when I let the dogs out for a potty break, I saw this guy looking down at me. He was perched high above the backdoor, and measured maybe three inches long, including those long legs.
I’ve never seen a spider with such a bright yellow patch on his body. After a little Google searching, he looks like a Black-and-yellow argiope, according to the Texas A&M School of Horticulture.
This spider is more commonly known as a yellow garden argiope, yellow garden orb-weaver, golden garden spider, golden orb-weaver and the writing spider. The WRITING spider? Cool!
He dines on flies, moths, beetles, wasps and mosquitoes. Fantastic!
I might just have to give my new writing spider a name now…
Until next time,