Awaiting Miss Muffett

Black and Yellow Argiopes, or Common Garden Spiders, live in fields and gardens. They can be found on shrubs, tall plants, and flowers feeding on flying insects that get trapped in the sticky web. The most common spider meals are aphids, flies, grasshoppers, and wasps.

The spider hangs with her head down in the center of her web, waiting for prey to be caught. When an insect hits the web, the spider feels the vibrations and comes running.

These spiders prefer sunny places with little or no wind to build their webs. Each night, they eat their web and build a new one.