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    Yup...I've got one of those monsters in my garden. Creeps me out. I found it last year. Not sure if its the same one but just a couple of weeks ago saw another huge one like that in the same area of the garden and thought it was the same one. But I dont know how long they live. I don't like knowings its there... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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    PAK, the spiders you mention live 1 season. They do not survive the winter, making an egg case before dying off. They get replaced year after year. It will never be the same spider as the year before. The big colorful one hanging in its web in Ozzy's pic, is female. The male is a lot smaller, and not as well colored.
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    We have those at our house too. I think ours are slightly different, though. In Ozzy's picture, there is no "name" (ours are writing spiders, related to orb weavers I think). I can get a pic of one of ours real quick if it's still there...

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    Pretty low quality, taken at night:



    There must be several. Two egg sacs:




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    Dang! Spiders are sweet [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]

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    A garden spider is a garden spider. The common name, writing spider, is a local common name. If you looked it up in a spider book. it would be called the Golden or Orange Garden Spider, and that name has been used in books for 50 years that I know of. The scientific name is the one you need to know; Argiope aurantia.
    Writing spider comes from the large zig zag webbing it uses in its web.
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    Yup. My pics have a "name". You can see them I think in mine (if I can make them work and not be huge!). I'm just wondering if all varieties make the zigzag.

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    Actually, no. The zig zag is mostly an eastern trait in this spider. Its cousin, the broad banded orb weaver, has an equally large web, with no zig zag. I guess this would be the Non-writing spider!
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