Orb Weaver Spider

Common Name: Orb Weaver Spider

Order Name: Araneae

Family Name: Araneidae

Orb weaver spiders are also known as “Garden spiders”. They get their common name from the distinctive webs that they make.

Many of these large spiders are brightly colored. Homeowners around the world find these spiders and their webs in their yards and gardens. Homeowners also find these large webs on bushes near the house. Orb weaver spiders sometimes become nuisances when they make their webs near the doorways of the home. Homeowners who are bothered by these large spider webs often discover that the lights on the porch or patio have caused the problem. The lights on the house attract flying insects, so the spiders make their webs near the lights. Moving the light sources away from the house often encourages the spiders to make their webs in other areas –that are not as bothersome.