On Route 50, driving towards the Bay Bridge in Maryland
Female spiders are much larger than males, growing almost an inch and a half long. Males grow about 3/4 inch long. Both spiders have a cephalothorax (small front body section) with silver hairs on it. The abdomen (large back section) is egg-shaped with black and yellow coloring.
Legs of these spiders are black with red or yellow bands. Each leg has three claws on the end. Black and Yellow Argiopes eat flying insects that get trapped in the sticky web. The most common ones are aphids, flies, grasshoppers, bees, and wasps.
General information about
Yellow & Black Garden Spider :
The Black and Yellow Argiope is a common orb web spider. Orb web means it spins a web like a circle.
Female garden spiders are the ones you see in large webs. Their webs usually have a 'Z' shaped line in the middle of them going vertical. Their webs are where they spend most of their time, and it for the purpose of catching food. When an insect gets caught in the web the garden spider will usually shake the web back and forth to further trap the insect or let the insect fall if not secured in the net well enough. Then the spider will go to the insect in the web and bite it, injecting its venom. Then, after the insect is subdued the spider will wrap it in her web with her back legs. Sometimes she will move the now wrapped insect to the middle of her web and repair the rest of the web that got damaged in the capturing of the insect.