About Steve Creek
I am an Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer. My specialty and passion for my photography is for the wildlife found throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. I spend many hours each week in the outdoors and travel to many different areas throughout these two states.
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Wildlife Photography Tips
Category Archives: Spiders
It didn’t take but a few seconds for this Black and Yellow Garden Spider to wrap up this Green June Bug. I have seen lots of these spiders in the past couple of weeks here in Arkansas. I discover this one and another one just a few feet away on the side of this house.
Black and Yellow Garden Spider Facts and Camera Settings
Females of the species are the most commonly seen in gardens. Their webs are usually characterized by a zigzag shaped stabilimentum (an extra thick line of silk) in the middle extending vertically. The spiders spend most of their time in their webs waiting for prey to become ensnared. When prey becomes caught in the web, the spider may undulate the web back and forth to further trap the insect. When the prey is secure, the spider kills it by injecting its venom and then wraps the prey in a cocoon of silk for later consumption (typically 1–4 hours later). Prey includes small vertebrates, such as geckos and green anoles, as well as insects. (Wikipedia)
The Black and Yellow Garden Spider can be found in a variety of habitats, but prefers sunny areas among flowers and plants. This one was located in a friends garden and I convinced them to leave it because it was catching grasshoppers.
Black and Yellow Garden Spiders live in fields and gardens. They can be found on shrubs, tall plants, and flowers.
The web of this spider spirals out from the center and can be two feet across. The female builds the large web, and a male will build a smaller web on the outer part of her web. The male’s web is a thick zig-zag of white silk.
I think last week was a great time to visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Wildflowers were everywhere and the Butterflies were by the thousands and you can’t visit this part of Oklahoma without seeing at least one Tarantula.
I hope you have enjoyed my photos of this awesome refuge and that I have been able to show you what this place has to offer. If you noticed I didn’t make any Elk photos. I saw Elk everyday but I just couldn’t get a shot that I wanted. Maybe next time.
I posted a few photos early in the week of a Garden Spider Wrapping Up A Grasshopper and the above photos are of a different Garden Spider doing the same thing.
These photos show the benefits of having the Black and Yellow Garden Spider around. We need them to deal with the Grasshoppers.
Black and Yellow Garden Spider Facts
This spider uses its web to capture food. Although their eyesight is poor, garden spiders are extremely sensitive to vibrations along the strands of their webs. Positioning themselves at the center of their web, garden spiders hang upside down, jump on prey and paralyze it with injected venom. Like other spiders, garden spiders must liquefy their prey in order to consume it.