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Writing Spiders

Updated on December 4, 2015

Writing Spider Spinning A Web

Close up of Writing Spider and her web.
Close up of Writing Spider and her web. | Source

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 | Source

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

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides (Paperback))
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides (Paperback))

Do you know your Spiders? It is especially good to know the ones which are poisonous and this book would sure help to do that. It is a good book to have in your home.

 

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. | Source

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 | Source

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 | Source

Was Charlotte a Writing Spider?

Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web

This special edition was published in 2006 to commemorate 60 years since E.B.White wrote the story.

 

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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      Dev 2 years ago

      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*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Ann 2 years ago from Yorkshire, England

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

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      KathyZ1 3 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for your sharing!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @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.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

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

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      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!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      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.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      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.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      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 :)

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

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

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

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

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

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

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      Cassandra Kuthy 4 years ago from Ohio

      love spiders :D

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      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.

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      Julia M S Pearce 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

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

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      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.

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      CornellMarCom LM 4 years ago

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

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

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

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @ResearchAddict: Thanks for dropping by.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 4 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      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.

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

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

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      ResearchAddict 4 years ago

      Fascinating lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

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

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      aishu19 4 years ago

      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

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      Lisa Morris 4 years ago

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

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      irminia 4 years ago

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

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      NYtoSCimjustme 4 years ago

      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!

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      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      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!!

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      Joan Haines 4 years ago

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

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      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.

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      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.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @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

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 4 years ago

      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)

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      Adriana 4 years ago from New Market

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

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      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!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      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.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      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!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      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!) :-)

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      Sandra Wilson 5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

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

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

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

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      EXCELLENT Lens!

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      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.

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      EMangl 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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? ;)

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      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! :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      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.

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      sushilkin lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @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.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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).

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I've never heard of a writing spider before.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      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!

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      666death666 6 years ago

      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

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      ellagis 6 years ago

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

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      AngelDey 6 years ago

      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.

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      alternative-help 6 years ago

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

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      vkumar05 6 years ago

      Fascinating Spiders!!!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      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! (^_^)

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

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

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      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

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      jolou 6 years ago

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

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      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

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fascinating.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Beautiful animals

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      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.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      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.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      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.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Had to return with a blessing for this fabulous lens!

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      Lovely lens :)

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      EmmaCooper LM 6 years ago

      Lovely lens :)

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      desilegend 6 years ago

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

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      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 :)

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

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

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      JHFSEO 6 years ago

      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.

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      Sadheeskumar 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      nice lens i have always fancied spiders, they are interesting

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I don't think I've seen one (other than here). If it's too big I really don't want too.

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      caketech 6 years ago

      One of these spiders was in my mom's yard the other day. I have seen one at the corner of our deck, but it has been a couple of years ago.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens, cool spider

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      CelebStyle LM 6 years ago

      That yellow spider is soo cool! I've never seen one like that...spooky!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: I took a look at your spider photo and it sure looks like a Writing Spider. The photo looked like the body was solid yellow and the Writing Spider has a stripe body. Was that just the angle?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      http://picasaweb.google.com/LeisaVA/20100919?authk... a pic that I took down at the South Tibwin Trail at Francis Marion National forest. We tried to avoid their webs to not undo their handiwork. I was verifying that it was a writing spider (as it was bigger than our in VA!) and found this spot.

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      indigomoth 6 years ago from New Zealand

      lovely page. I always wondered what those beautiful spiders were called.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I didn't know there were such things as writing spiders! I am afraid of spiders, but admit that their weaving is always amazing.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I learned something new today -- I never knew about the writing spider. Wow, they quite big (saw your video), but it's good to know that they are not poisonous. Nicely done lens with lots of pictures and videos!

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I love how your lenses are always just good, wholesome entertainment or education. :-)We just call these garden spiders. I never thought of it being the one in Charlotte's Web. Fascinating!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What an interesting topic for a lens. I'll probably have nightmares tonight though LOL I've never heard of them, loved reading about them, but never want to see one LOL - Kathy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks , I have one and i wanted to know if they were harmful. I love watching her she has two egg sacks at this time, Thanks again.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is a wonderful place. A friend of mine was looking to identify this spider, and now I can lead her to some information about it.

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      SacredCynWear 6 years ago

      wow. She is a beatuiful creature!! You are right, she is quite intimidating!

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      Had to stop back by and see all the spiders. Love the video from gardenmagik. Thanks Ohme.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      cool. never heard of a writing spider.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting lens and you some some cool spider photos!

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      spunkyduckling 6 years ago

      I have to second rms! spiders are admirable for their web skills but that's it! Can't stand the thought of them near me. I just did a lens on "do we eat spiders in our sleep" and it freak me out a little. Visit if you like and great topic highlighting the good in spiders. Cheers!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Very cool! I hate spiders but do admire their web building talent. :)

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      I'm afraid spiders just freak me out- no matter if they're harmless or not. However I'm always fascinated by them and all things to do with nature. Thanks for sharing this information on writing spiders.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Interesting lens, ohme!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 6 years ago

      It's always surprising when something looks a bit scary, but is actually harmless... -unless you're caught tangled in it's web, of course. Thanks for sharing! I don't think I've ever seen a writing spider up close before.

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      Linda Hoxie 6 years ago from Idaho

      I love the book Charlottes web, and didn't know there were actually writing spiders like her!Spiderwebs are such an artwork, just incredible design when you find a good one. Much better to see outside in the morning dew glistening on it. Great information!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Nature has so much to offer. All we have to do is stop and look.Thanks for sharing.Lizzy

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      Kyecerulian 7 years ago

      I can see why you find the writing spider so fascinating! I've lensrolled this to my fear of insects lens. Learning about the things you fear can help you appreciate them more! Thanks!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks for the information. I will add this to the top of the page.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I've never heard of them so it was interesting to read about. I have a wee phobia of spiders so I couldn't bring myself to watch the videos.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your description on writing spiders says that they are non-poisonous....This is incorrect however...as they do have venom. While this Venom is mostly harmless to humans, it is still used against its prey. Studies have shown that this Venom may be used in future medicines in a therapeutic manor. But I digress...still a good page!

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      Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for this wonderful page about writing spiders!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      There is so much to know about life all around us. Captivating lens.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I love how you connected this with the book Charlotte's Web.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Wow! Well I am willing to admit that I am afraid of spiders. This is one spider that I hope never to see. :) Great lens. My entire family wanted a look.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      What a lovely lens and interesting subject. We have these in Australia and one type is called the St. Andrew's Cross and another the Golden Orb. I have seen the nasty results of a bite by the former on a market gardener's eye when he accidentally ran into a web because, like you said, you don't always see them. Top marks and rolled to my lens The Great Outdoors and Save Planet Earth.Norma

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      I don't think we have these in the UK but to be blessed by a 'money spider', dear little things, is considered good luck. I'm not afraid of spiders but discovering this one accidentally might make me shriek! Beautiful lens.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Thanks very much for visiting my Wildlife Photography Group lens. I have added a new "Spiders" Featured Lenses module, especially to feature you lens.

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      Eliza Rayner 7 years ago from Boulder, Colorado

      wow, I love the huge photo you have in the middle of the lens. Looks amazing. I will lensroll this page to my really weird insects page, even though a spider is not an insect, its still a creepy crawly! (thanks for visiting my pages too :))

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I don't normally like spiders but I have to say this one is beautiful!!! I will have to show this to my son. That is a fantastic picture!

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      BertBert 7 years ago

      I have never seen nor heard of the writing spider before this day.I'm sure there are lots of different insects I've never seen.This was interesting, and a good looking spider. - bert

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      Shoukei 7 years ago

      I think writing spiders are really intimidating! Well probably it's because all the spiders I've seen in my life are small in size like this one: http://shoukei-s.blogspot.com/2009/11/spiders-diet...

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Excellent lens! Just how big is this spider?

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Writing spiders must be the kind that Wilbur found in the barn.Thank you for your suggestions. You are always so helpful.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      This spider does look scary!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      rad spider! like, cool!

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      Who knew??? Now I know! lol! Love the videos.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I think we had these or something like them in Iowa. I do not like spiders. Shudder!

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      missbat 7 years ago

      I don't think we have Writing Spiders in my neck of the woods, but they sure are pretty to look at. Great job!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      interesting spider

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Great lens. Nice colourful spiders.

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Excellent stuff. I'm scared of spiders, but I know my wife would make me clean up any spiders and webs in our house. Despite my protestations of, 'but they do a lot of good, and control the insects.' Anything to get out of cleaning hey! You're such a star.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      What a great lens!! I love the photos of your writing spider!

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Excellent lens. We encourage these and the other lovely and beneficial garden spiders in our habitat in Louisiana. Charlotte's Web is one of my favorite children's stories. I have featured this lens on Senior Squids Go Buggy. Don't forget to add the banner and/or badge here.

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      wow great lens i do not like spiders at all since moving here we have spiders that jump they freak me out lol but i do love there webs if you ever see a big one in the woods or field in the early morning they are so beautiful I learned a lot and loved your lens

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Awesome lens!5* and lensroll to The Black Widow SpiderLizzy

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      They are kind of interesting looking. I loved Charlotte's Web. I think I should lensroll this into Spider Fighting the Tradition

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Spiders aren't my favorite thing also, but I like this lens! Great photos and videos.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love Writing Spiders. I don't have childhood memories of them,but I do have wonderful adult memories (maybe in my 30's and 40's) of seeing them at my parents' home. When one started writing, we watched and took care not to disturb her. Mom and Dad always made a point of showing the spiders to Susan and me on our frequent visits. I always loved to see their progress, and loved seeing them later in the fall--especially covered with dew. As I write this, it occurs to me that Mom and Dad weren't that interested to having me see the spiders, they were showing them to Susan. Oh well, grandchildren are special, aren't they? I stiil love Writing Spiders---especially when I see one at Dad's house.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I learn something new every day and sometimes, thanks to you, I learn two or threenew things! Thanks Nancy

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      boutiqueshops 7 years ago

      EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! Not a fan of spiders, but your lens is very well written. Don't know if we have those spiders here in South Texas, but had one that looked very familiar on my front porch last year; I wouldn't go out the front for weeks. LOL Great job on your lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The first time I read Charlotte's Web was to my 5th graders, and I cried and they cried at the end. Ever after that, I felt blessed when I have a writing spider in my yard. Thank you for this lens. The video of the spider and the night crawler is great....I love the accompanyment, and for the life of me I can't recall the name of the tune....another of those senior moments, but it's a melody I love--oh wow! that last sentence brought it to mind....UNCHAINED MELODY! Now I feel unchained!!!! for a moment at least....

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      Rich 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Spiders aren't my favorite thing, but it's colors are beautiful. Fascinating to watch the spider wrapping the bee into a cocoon before his meal. Such is nature :) 5*s.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Excellent lens. Now I know what the call this spider. We just use to refer to them as garden spiders. They do have pretty marking. The "zig zag" is very interesting. The love of nature. Five stars and a lensroll to my lens: Daddy Longlegs Spider. Thanks.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Great lens. I really enjoyed those videos. I used to see the black and yellow spiders in the garden all the time when I was growing up, but they weren't that big. I was amazed, though, to see a huge orb spider in my last house whose web stretched all the way across the yard from the house to a tree. I had never seen such a web. I photographed it at the time because it was such a work of art. i don't remember if it had a zig zag in the middle, but we used to go watch it from the windows every night

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is said. I can't say I find this spider beautiful, but I find the name intriguing. What do they write? Did anyone see the white cat walking in the background of the first video? And wow, they have a lot of babies! Very interesting lens. 5*

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Charlotte's web was one of my favorite books. Made me look at spiders differently. Their webs alone are amazing. You.ve really researched this topic well.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have never seen such a web. They must not be located in my area.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Holy .... ! That is one HUGE spider. **Shivvering** Ew,ew, ew. But really beautiful, too! This is really fascinating stuff. Excellent.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Even tho I REALLY don't like spiders, this was a most interesting lens! Amazing how fast they are with prey captured in their spectacular web!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nancy this is just awesome! These writing spiders are really something. I love your layout too!

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens about the writing spider, Nancy! Kudos. Spiders are cool as long as they keep their distance. :D

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      You've taught me something today Nancy. I have always called these garden spiders. I didn't know they were also called Writing Spiders, but that makes perfect sense. They are huge! There is one that lives above my compost pile, so I always look up to make sure I don't run into it when I go out there. I cannot image it getting on me if I ran into the web.

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      This is a very nice and informative lens. I've never heard of the writing spider before, thanks for sharing! 5*

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