Spooky Spiders

spiderI love Halloween. It’s the time of year when I can leave all the spider webs up around the front stoop and call them decorations.

This harmless garden spider, the Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) is not long for the world. She’ll die soon as the nights grow colder. But I’ll keep an eye on her wee ones in the egg sac she left by the railing. In the spring the baby spiders will hatch out, spin a little silk parachute to catch the breeze and sail away to a new home!

p.s. Haven’t heard of the Black and Yellow Argiope? Well, you may call it the X Spider, Cross Spider, Zipper Spider, Writing Spider, Corn Spider, Banana Spider or Yellow Garden Spider. Whew – darn common names!!