These are some of the largest and showiest of the spiders commonly encountered in Pennsylvania. They are seen in gardens, tall weeds, and sunny areas with bushes and other supporting structures on which they build their large orb webs. Yellow garden spiders are found throughout most of the United States.
As Laurie noted in her email to me:
"...if you look at the photo of the spider's underside, the head area looks like batman's face."And so it does.
More pictures from Laurie's husband, Keith, and Alex follow.
Here are fact sheets on Pennsylvania Spiders from the PSU Entomology page.
|Photo by Alex Surcica|