Argiope aurantia is a common, distinctively colored (black and yellow), large spider that is frequently seen in the Fall in gardens, yards and along roadsides.
The female builds a web that has a conspicuous zig-zag band of white silk in the center of the web. For this reason, these spiders are often called “writing” spiders.
The males are 4 to 5 millimeters in length and their abdomens are mostly white. The immature banded garden spiders also have a mostly white dorsal surface of the abdomen. The egg cocoon is similar in texture and color as that of the yellow garden spider, but it is shaped more like a kettledrum. It is not uncommon for the stabilimentum to be absent or have variability in shape.
Life Cycle: Spiders reach maturity in summer. Although males build webs, after they reach maturity they wander in search of females, and they can be found in the females’ webs. Light brown, oval or spherical egg sacs up to an inch long are produced in late summer or early fall. Each sac contains up to a thousand or more eggs.
Spiderlings winter over inside the sacs, and they disperse in the spring. Mortality due to predators and parasites can be very high . In the spring, the young spiders build small webs in low vegetation. As they grow, they tend to build larger and more conspicuous webs higher in vegetation.
Control: Sanitation is critical in successful spider control. Indoors, the spiders, webs and egg sacs can be collected and destroyed with a strong suction vacuum cleaner. Move and dust often behind and under furniture, stored materials, wall hangings and corners of ceilings. Eliminate other household pests such as flies, ants and pantry pests, which attract spiders. Be sure to control excess moisture and humidity, keeping basements, crawl spaces, porches, etc., as dry as possible.
Outdoors, clean up woodpiles, trash, rocks, compost piles, old boards and other debris around the house foundation where spiders often live. Be sure to seal or caulk cracks and crevices around windows and doors and install tight-fitting screens as needed where spiders can enter the house. Use a hose with high-pressure water on the outside of the house to knock down and destroy webs, egg sacs and spiders. Use yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs at outside entrances to reduce night-flying insects which attract spiders.
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