The Orb Web Spider or Garden Orb Weaving Spider is one of the most easily recognizable spiders.
Usually a grey or brown color, it has what appears to be a large white cross on its leaf-shaped body, which upon closer examination, is made up of lots of pale spots and streaks.
Orb web spiders can be found in most gardens, fields and forests. They make suspended, sticky, wheel-shaped orb webs often in openings between trees and shrubs where insects are likely to fly. Flying insects such as flies, beetles and bugs are common prey.
- Scientific Name: Araneidae
- Size: Female 2 to 3 cm (0.78 to 1.18 in) Male 1.5 to 2 cm (0.59 to 0.78 in)
- Diet: Flying insects