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Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)  photo: Will Cook
Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) photo: Will Cook

Garden spider is intimidating, but a friend to gardeners

One of the largest and brightest spiders found in and around gardens in the North Country is the garden spider, also known as the black-and-yellow spider. They're big and kind of intimidating, but horticulturist Amy Ivy says they are harmless to humans and helpful to gardeners. She spoke with Todd Moe about garden variety spiders.  Go to full article
Crab Spider. Wikipedia Commons
Crab Spider. Wikipedia Commons

Natural Selections: Crab Spiders

Crab spiders are small, camouflaged arachnids that drink nectar from flowers. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss these "freeloaders."  Go to full article

Natural Selections: More on Spider Webs

There are a great variety of spider webs other than the traditional circle. Some spiders create webs that they drop on prey; one creates an attractive perch wire for gnats that it then reels in. And some spiders pretend to be caught in webs, in order to prey on their makers. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss the hunting techniques of arachnids.  Go to full article

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