Yellow Garden Orb Weaver
  Argiope aurantia  
Order: Araneae
Family: Araneidae
 
Physical Characteristics
 
 
  Cephalothorax:      
Covered with short silvery hair    
Abdomen:    
Large bulbous abdomen
Covered in bright yellow or orange on black markings
   
Legs:    
Black with yellow or red/orange bands near body    
Size:    
Male: 5-9mm (1/4-3/8 inches)
Female: 19-28mm (3/4–1 1/8 inches
   
 
 
 
  Habitat:    
  Webs are found in shrubbery, gardens, meadows, flower patches, usually sites that are sunny with little wind. The spiders themselves are most often at rest upside-down in the center of the web.
  Range:
    Most locations in the U.S. and Canada  
         
 
         
  Web Type:    
  Spiraling flat orb with zig-zag band of white silk called stabilimentum vertically across the center.  
       
Fun Fact:    
  Orb weavers re-create their web every night using only their sense of touch . You can generally tell how well fed the spider is by the thickness of the stabilimentum, as the silk is energetically expensive and hungry spiders are less likely to produce it.