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Orb Spiders in Winter

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on October 5, 2010

Ever wonder where those big, beautiful orb spiders go in winter?  In NorthEast Texas, they have been very prominent recently.  Standing sentinel in the center of their web over their egg sacks, they hardly move.   Where do they go when it gets cold?

black and yellow garden spider

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology.htm

The truth is they die before the cold really hits, at least in this part of the country.  The female lays her eggs, then covers them with a sack of silk.  Then she dies.  The babies hatch in the fall, but stay inside the egg sack until the spring.

We do not notice the baby orb spiders because they are small.  It is only in the late summer that they become big enough to catch our eye.  Orb spiders catch insects, so are a beneficial creature to have around.  Having them around also suggests you use fewer pesticides, as they are sensitive to them, and that the ecosystem in that corner of your yard is healthy enough to support a major predator.

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tom October 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Are Orb spiders poisons

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Stephanie Suesan Smith October 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Orb spiders are not poisonous but do bite if disturbed too much, so enjoy them but do not harass them.

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