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Writing Spiders

Writing Spider Spinning A Web

Close up of Writing Spider and her web.

Close up of Writing Spider and her web.

Black and Yellow Garden Spider Is Also Called A Writing Spider

The woven pattern of "silk" is easily seen as the Writing Spider busily works to spin its web but the larger portion of the web may not be that easy to see and you could even walk right into it.

The Writing Spider is not aggressive and is not poisonous to humans but can be a little scary due to it's intimidating size. They can eat insects twice their size and are found all over South Carolina (and other places, too) in the summertime. Please continue to scroll down to learn more about the fascinating Writing Spider. I am not one who usually likes spiders or anything that is "creepy, crawly" but I do love to watch the Writing Spider.

It is sometimes called the Black and Yellow Garden Spider but we have always referred to them as Writing Spiders.



What Are Writing Spiders? - Big, Beautiful, Black and Yellow Spiders with gorgeous webs

Facts About Writing Spiders

Facts About Writing Spiders

Readers Add Their Thoughts

A Prof.K signed my guest book and said that actually Writing Spiders were not usually harmful to humans but that they do have venom which is harmful to insects and spiders.

emangle left this helpful comment: Latin name (just in case you like to add it into your text): Argiope bruennichi - we call them Wasp spider

What do you know about Writing Spiders?

Video of Writing Spider eating a Night Crawler in Mrytle Beach SC - by Cathooker2 on YouTube

Writing Spiders are fascinating creatures. I look forward to their arrival every summer.

Audubon Field Guide of Insects and Spiders

Learn More About Writing Spiders With This Field Guide - Just click the book to go directly to Amazon to purchase or to browse around for something else

I think this would be a wonderful Field Guide to own especially if you are in an area with lots of insects. It is always good to be able to distinguish between the good ones and the bad. Yes, I think this needs to be in every household and everyone needs to be familiar with the spiders of their area.

Do you have a good reference library in your home? Nowadays, I guess most people just refer to their Smart Phones to find the answers to any questions they may have. I do that, too, but still think it is important to have a Reference Library in the home. They are also wonderful for teaching your children and grandchildren about the wonders of Nature.

A Little Video of One of Our Writing Spider - Have you seen a Writing Spider lately?

Actually, I can usually look out the window at a Writing Spider as I type. I watch him as he eats something large and he is really working hard on his web. Amazing.

I often wonder if he sees me watching him and puts on a show just for me. I like to think he does.

My Writing Spider

Picture of our Writing Spider - Writing Spiders are fun to watch

This Writing Spider is right outside my office window.

This Writing Spider is right outside my office window.

Our Writing Spiders Show Up In The Same Places Each Year

It seems that the Writing Spiders find the same places to make their home each year. Sometimes it is August before we start seeing them and I always know where to look. They usually will spin their webs around the same place every year. I have one that spins his right outside my office window and I love to watch it grow each day.

Great Shot of a Writing Spider - A Friend of Mine Posted This One On FaceBook

My friend, Blain, shared her close up photo of her Writing Spider

My friend, Blain, shared her close up photo of her Writing Spider

A Friend's Writing Spider

I have noticed that a good many people are posting pictures of the writing spider on Facebook and was glad that my friend gave me permission to share this one. Thank you, Blain!

Photo Credit: Blain Medlock Young

Male Writing Spiders Are Much Smaller Than The Female Writing Spider

Informational Video About Writing Spiders Found On YouTube - by gardenmagik

Melissa said:

I put this video on my garden show called "Back To The Garden" with Melissa Allman...

it's a local tv channel 16 here in historic Walton County, Georgia,

Interesting Video by Garden Magik

Very Informative Video (above)

I really enjoyed this informative video. I had never heard the story about the Writing Spider and baby Jesus. She explains that we put tinsel on our Christmas Trees to symbolize the spiders web that created its web at the entrance to the cave where Joseph and Mary were hiding.

Wow! Look Closely at This Spider Web - A Work of Art

Writing Spider Web by Mark Ligon

Writing Spider Web by Mark Ligon

Was Charlotte a Writing Spider?

Do you think Charlotte was a Writing Spider or a Barn Spider? - I think every child enjoys reading Charlotte's Web and watching the movie, don't you?

This treasured classic would make a wonderful gift for a special child.

Actually, Charlotte was a Barn Spider who could write but I always think of Charlotte when I see our Writing Spiders.

YouTube Video of Writing Spider eating a Bumble Bee - by dieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee found on YouTube

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All comments are appreciated! I would love to hear what you think about the Writing Spider.

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Dev on December 31, 2014:

I need to check this out I am so arachnophobic it's ruiiculods, and like Babs spiders are the only creatures I see. I seriously just about go into meltdown every time I see one bigger than a nickel (and seriously, do they hatch that big because those are the only ones that seem to make themselves known!) because I HAVE to kill them! I just can NOT live knowing it's alive in my house, probably laying eggs in strategic places I feel like crying just thinking about this. *sigh*

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 22, 2014:

Annieangel1. I have never heard that but maybe that is why he likes to spin his web right outside my office window.

Ann from Yorkshire, England on September 07, 2014:

interesting - in mythology the spider is the patron of writers said to be the one to invent the alphabet - nice to meet the guy!

KathyZ1 on October 16, 2013:

Great lens, thanks for your sharing!

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 19, 2013:

@sierradawn lm: I sure am glad that you think of Charlotte as a Writing Spider, too.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 19, 2013:

@flinnie lm: They just amaze me. The rain washed away the large web that I had been watching but I think they are creating another one.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on September 10, 2013:

Hi what a fun lens about the writing spider. I saw one in my yard the other day, I enjoyed learning more about them.

sierradawn lm on August 27, 2013:

I think these spiders are really beautiful and I think Charlotte was a Writing Spider. Charlotte's Web was among my most favorite childhood books. I am always delighted when a Writing Spider comes to live in my garden but I did not know their name until I read your delightful lens!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on August 24, 2013:

I absolutely love these spiders. When I lived in Texas, my back porch was decorated by the beautiful, intricate web of one of these writing spiders. I never knew this nickname name for them. Perfect. Of all the spiders I encountered, the garden spider is definitely my favorite. Much better than the dangerous brown recluse spiders or the scary looking tarantulas! Enjoyed this feature.

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on July 21, 2013:

I'm fascinated by spiders and their webs and have also taken a lot of photos and wrote about it. We don't have the writing spider overhere, but I loved watching her.

katiecolette on July 17, 2013:

I am not a fan of spiders, but if I know a spider is harmless, I don't mind it too much. Writing spiders look pretty cool :)

Scott A McCray on July 14, 2013:

Now that's one spider I love to have around!

Michey LM on July 10, 2013:

I know them, we use to have in our garden, but I didn't know you call them "writing Spider".

BestRatedStuff on July 10, 2013:

What an interesting lens, never ever heard of the writing spider.

Elizabeth Lynn Westbay from United States on July 10, 2013:

love spiders :D

BarbaraCasey on July 10, 2013:

I think Charlotte was an orb weaver spider (barn variety). When you look closely at what spiders in the wild are capable of... they become less creepy (in my mind, anyway). I'd never heard of a writing spider before, though the medicine cards say that spider webs formed the first written language.

Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on July 10, 2013:

This is lovely!I love to see spider webs in the garden caught by the light.

TanoCalvenoa on June 29, 2013:

What awesome spiders! Here in Southern California we have large webs with garden spiders, and I've walked into them plenty of times by accident.

CornellMarCom LM on January 14, 2013:

yuI love the lens. I didn't know anything about the writing spider. Very interesting.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on December 12, 2012:

I never heard of a Writing Spider before. I don't think we have them in Connecticut or New York. Very interesting information.

Rose Jones on October 07, 2012:

So this is behind the spider in Charlotte's Web! Really good lens, thoroughly enjoyed it.

anonymous on October 03, 2012:

visitor,i live in Gilkey NC. My spider lives in the forsythia bush, i check on her every day.This morning the dew was on her web and i could see it all. So beautiful, will be sorry when she is gone.

Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on September 11, 2012:

I love this lens. In Tennessee every October we would have one or more of these spiders around the side of our porch. I guess it was an inviting web writing area for them. The kids would always give them names. The most popular name through the years was Fred. Their favorite fall artwork, was getting black foam core poster board, spraying the web with white paint and putting it against the web during the day (while the spider was away), and and creating web art. Fred always built us a new web at night for us to give it several tries.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 08, 2012:

@FanfrelucheHubs: I know what you mean. Their size can be very intimidating

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 08, 2012:

@ResearchAddict: Thanks for dropping by.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 08, 2012:

@anonymous: I am looking at one of ours as I type. She has spun her web right outside the window of my office.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 08, 2012:

@ElizabethSheppard: I think you are probably right about Writing Spiders preferring the country to the city.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on September 08, 2012:

@anonymous: I am not sure but I don't think she can be moved. I will see what I can find out.

anonymous on September 08, 2012:

I have a beautiful garden spider that has built her web near my outside water faucet. I would like to move her to another location. Is this possible and just how do I do it without losing her completely? There are already several around my house so I would not put her to near any others.

Elizabeth Sheppard from Bowling Green, Kentucky on September 06, 2012:

I have had writing spiders by my house in the past. I usually make them move! But they are pretty, I agree. Most people don't like them. I heard they like to live between the country and the city.

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on September 02, 2012:

Wrinting spiders are beautiful...BUT I still prefer them very far from me

ResearchAddict on September 02, 2012:

Fascinating lens!

anonymous on September 01, 2012:

I have a pretty big one on the side of my house. I'm in Va. I think she is just beautiful.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on September 01, 2012:

I haven't heard of writing spiders either. Thanks.

aishu19 on September 01, 2012:

Wow! I have never heard of a writing spider before. It is a relief to know they are not poisonous as they sure look a little scary

Lisa Morris on September 01, 2012:

You have a lot of great information about writing spiders. Blessings.

irminia on September 01, 2012:

I liked the story in the video about spider saving baby Jesus. Thank you for making a lens about spiders.

NYtoSCimjustme on September 01, 2012:

I get these beautiful spiders around the house (outside) every year - they always amaze me. The Writing Spider is one of the few spiders that 'don't' freak me out. Thanks for the info!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on September 01, 2012:

arachnophobic here! we have black widow spiders everywhere too. yuck.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on August 29, 2012:

@anonymous: You be careful and watch closely for those Black Widow Spiders.

anonymous on August 29, 2012:

@Craftypicks: sounds scary but here in the part of virginia i live in black widows arent so rare, you see a month or two ago my neighbor was cleaning out his garage he found 5 huge black widows and before when he was helping us clean our garage he found tons of them now no one is going to clean our garage (it got really bad when i was little then my dad died and it got really bad) and just my luck, im terrified of spiders

anonymous on August 29, 2012:

ew i hate spiders every single kind scares me!!! to bad for me we get so many writing spiders outside of my house and my friends house and we get them in my pool a lot like those brown fuzzy ones, the ones that are just brown and always in the water, and once me and my friend found a white one with some green on the end of it's back it was so scary!!

Joan Haines on August 20, 2012:

What beautiful creatures spiders are! I hadn't heard of writing spiders, but I was thinking "Charlotte's Web" also. "Squid Angel blessed."

Angela F from Seattle, WA on August 15, 2012:

The title hooked me to come and learn more. I'm such a fan of Charlotte's Web! *blessed

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 13, 2012:

Wow, loved the up close photos and video of the spider. I'd never heard the term writing spider. I love looking at spider webs.

Lori Green from Las Vegas on August 09, 2012:

I just had a desert recluse in my house. It was the first time and I nearly fainted. They aren't as nice as the writing spider. I have had 5 black widows in the house in 7 years. They don't bother me as much as the desert recluse because they run like heck if they see you looking at them and they are FAST! The recluse just sat there threatening to eat my dog.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 28, 2012:

@EbooksFreeWeekl1: lol You are visiting but you are not a visitor. You are a lensmaster so guess that is why you didn't see that option. Thanks for the visit

EbooksFreeWeekl1 on July 28, 2012:

I'm not fond of spiders although I think they are intelligent and some are beautifully designed. (I'm visiting, but I don't see the box to check for "visitor" I'm sorry, unless it is the notify me by email... tick box)

Adriana from New Market on July 25, 2012:

WOW! I never heard of the writing spider! I'm usually afraid of spiders, but always love their creations.

Michey LM on June 03, 2012:

God Nancy, I don't expect you to be after spiders... but you did it in a fun way, and I learn some facts I don't know... you just proof the learning never stop!

gottaloveit2 on June 03, 2012:

Not a fan of spiders AT ALL but the writing spider sure is one of the prettiest out there. Glad I don't have any though.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on June 03, 2012:

@anonymous: What a fun comment. I can just see all the writing spiders invading your space.

anonymous on June 03, 2012:

The first time I saw a writing spider spinning a web from rose bushes in front of my front porch to the edge of the roof I left her alone. I'm a writer I figured we'd write together and co-exist. I enjoyed watching her work - until more writing spiders started spinning webs around my front porch. I finally had to remove all the webs. I felt like I was living in a house decorated for Halloween. I left the original spider and her web alone, though. One is fun to watch, as long as she doesn't invite all of her friends to move in. Regarding the writing spider superstitions, she must have brought me good luck. While whe "wrote" outside, I was inside working on my book "Kimberly's Flight" that came out this spring.

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on May 29, 2012:

Spiders are really cool and really freaky at the same time. This is about as close as I want to get to one this big. :) Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on April 13, 2012:

I'm not a fan of spiders...I know there are "good" ones, but I really think if it has 8 legs and crawls it deserves to die! That being said, I'm submitting your lens for the quest on spiders today. This is an excellent lens, even if it is on a subject I can't tolerate. (I couldn't click on any of the videos!) :-)

Sandra Wilson from Wilson Education Resource Centre on January 14, 2012:

Great lens! I think I have seen a writing spider around my house - now I know what it is!

Odille Rault from Gloucester on December 31, 2011:

What an interesting lens! I'd never heard of writing spiders before - fascinating. Blessed. :)

jadehorseshoe on December 23, 2011:

EXCELLENT Lens!

Leilani-m on November 19, 2011:

Lovely lens! When i first noticed them, I was afraid that they were poisonous, but soon I found ot they are harmless. I love their webs and that funky zig-zag :)Last year they were everywhere, but this year I didn't see them.

EMangl on October 23, 2011:

Latin name (just in case you like to add it into your text): Argiope bruennichi - we call them Wasp spider

anonymous on October 21, 2011:

The topic got me in, wondering 'what do spiders write about!?'. Got to learn something new and very interesting read though! Who was the writer of this lens BTW? ;)

dahlia369 on October 20, 2011:

It is a very pretty looking spider, no matter what the size. I like to see spiders in the morning, with dew drops glistening in the sun. Thanks for sharing (to me) new part of nature! :)

JoshK47 on October 17, 2011:

How very interesting - I rarely see spiders make particularly orderly webs around here, but I love it when I see a very nicely formed one.

sushilkin lm on October 14, 2011:

Thanks for sharing !

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on October 08, 2011:

@anonymous: I just love to watch the writing spiders at work and fortunately we see a lot of them in South Carolina. Thanks so much for your visit and your comments.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on October 08, 2011:

@anonymous: Beth, thank you so much for dropping by this page. Aren't these spiders amazing?

anonymous on October 07, 2011:

My parents have a large writing spider living in their garage. I'd never seen this t hype of spider before and I was delighted to find any info on it. Thanks so much for your page! We named her Charlotte ;o) and we live in middle eastern Georgia (CSRA).

fugeecat lm on October 07, 2011:

I've never heard of a writing spider before.

anonymous on September 26, 2011:

I just came across one of these spiders yesterday in my shrubs near my air conditioning unit, and it was one I had not ever come ascross before. Somewhat scared of it. My husband walked out and I asked him to come see what I had found and he knew right away what it was and had asked if I had ever heard of a writing spider and I had never. He said leave it alone they will not bother you and they are good for insects. So I left it alone. I will try to go back this afternoon and see if I can see him or her again. I live in Conway, SC

Linda Pogue from Missouri on August 21, 2011:

I saw one of these spiders in central Texas when I was growing up, We didn't know they were not poisonous, but my dad would not kill it. He said it was the best mesquito control we could have.

anonymous on August 21, 2011:

I have a writing spider in my garden. She is beautiful and I really enjoy going out every day to see what she is up to. I enjoyed the information you gave in your storey.

Jeanette from Australia on August 14, 2011:

Just returning to add a little angel blessing and to let you know that this lens has been added to my animal alphabet lens.

Nancy Tate Hellams (author) from Pendleton, SC on July 31, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks Tipi. Actually, I am not that brave - a zoom lens is a great thing to have!

anonymous on July 30, 2011:

I got such a kick out of the theme song from Exodus on the video, "This Land is Mine", does apply here. I don't think we have the Writing Spider in our area, I sure have never seen one. They can sure move fast and are efficient at what they do. I'm guessing that those photos were take by brave you, nicely done!

666death666 on July 22, 2011:

i ran into a 3 foot tall writing spider and looked straight in its eyes and it looked straight into mine and iv never lost my teeth or had bad luck

ellagis on July 22, 2011:

I like spiders very much, Im fascinated by the way they build their net.

AngelDey on July 21, 2011:

I've always appreciated spiders, especially when they eat gnats, mosquitoes, flies and other more bothersome insects. For the most part they just stay in their little corner and don't bother you. Thank you for such an informative lens on a species we don't have here in Northern Nevada.

alternative-help on July 17, 2011:

Not a fan of spiders at all, but I immediately thought of Charlotte. Perhaps there are some "good" spiders after all.

vkumar05 on July 15, 2011:

Fascinating Spiders!!!

sousababy on July 12, 2011:

The first thing I thought of was Charlotte's web. I'm not crazy about spiders at all. I know I'm a suck. I do get my man-servant to collect 'em and take them outdoors (the odd time I see one) and they are great for capturing insects that I do not want in my home. It's good to know that these big spiders are harmless. I like them (from a distance). Great lens.

anonymous on July 11, 2011:

I've seen these many times where I live, but I never knew that they were called Writing Spiders. I guess the extra "zig-zags" on their webs does look as if they're writing. Never heard of this though, nor any of the superstitions connected with them. Very interesting lens.

Donnette Davis from South Africa on July 07, 2011:

Oh I am not a great fan of spiders, these writing spiders (although they're not called that in South Africa) are extremely common... I run a mile in the opposite direction! (^_^)

phoenix arizona f on June 11, 2011:

I've never seen one of these before. You're right, they look pretty cool!

John Dyhouse from UK on April 19, 2011:

Must admit I have never really given much thought to spiders before. As an artist I admire the beauty of their webs on a dewy morning, but the creatures themselves, no..............never a thought except when I have to clear one out of the bath, etc for my wife. However you have put together a fascinating collection of information and pictures/videos about the writing spiders. I will have to pay more attention next time I come across that early morning spectacle. Thanks

jolou on April 19, 2011:

I've never heard of them before. They certainly are interesting. I love hydrangas too, have 4 of them in my yard!

sheriangell on April 19, 2011:

OK, I hate spiders, but since I had never heard of a writing spider before, I couldn't resist reading your lens. I suppose since I live "just up the road" from you (near Charlotte), we have them here too. I hope I never see one, but you are right, their webs are so interesting

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on April 19, 2011:

Fascinating.

MargoPArrowsmith on April 19, 2011:

Beautiful animals

Steve Dizmon from Nashville, TN on April 19, 2011:

I grew up in rural Northern Md. Tennessee in the 1950s and early 60s and saw many writing spiders. I was in the woods and fields a lot very early in the morning and remember how the webs looked coated in dew as the sun came up. Thanks for reminding me of a really interesting woodlands creature.

anonymous on March 24, 2011:

Cool. I never heard of a writing spider before, and yes it would scare me to walk into one of those. Harmless or not...I would faint.

anonymous on March 24, 2011:

Cool. I never heard of a writing spider before, and yes it would scare me to walk into one of those. Harmless or not...I would faint.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 17, 2011:

Here's a blessing to go with this lens and I'm adding it to The Best Insect Pages on Squidoo.As always, great work.

darciefrench lm on February 21, 2011:

Had to return with a blessing for this fabulous lens!

EmmaCooper LM on January 23, 2011:

Lovely lens :)

EmmaCooper LM on January 23, 2011:

Lovely lens :)

desilegend on October 25, 2010:

Lovely creature! I heard that if you see spider, news (good/bad) are coming!

darciefrench lm on October 21, 2010:

Wow- I am enchanted with writing spiders now.. I love spiders, this spring enjoyed watching the babies as they web surfed off the patio- around here (BC Canada- nobody is poisonous here) we feed them like pets :)

Rita-K on October 21, 2010:

What a beautiful spider! Very interesting lens, I am putting it as a favorite on my Creepy Crawley lens!

JHFSEO on October 17, 2010:

Writing Spiders are beautiful, frightening and thankfully harmless. Great lens, and a nice companion for my spider lenses. I'll be sure to put the word out.

Sadheeskumar on October 07, 2010:

Very interesting lens.