Orange Garden Spiders

Garden spiders occur in a wide variety of colors, including orange. A great example of a common orange garden spider is the marbled orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus). Measuring approximately 14 mm in body length, these spiders can range from bright orange to a faint yellow.

Belonging to a group of spiders known as orb weavers, the shape of the orange garden spider's web is that of a wheel. These webs feature supporting lines that act as a main framework. Attached to the supporting lines are silk threads that emanate from the center of the web, much like the spokes of a wheel. Orange garden spiders also create zigzag patterns within their webs. These threads vibrate in order to alert the spider of captured prey.

Although their webs are sticky in nature, orange garden spiders secrete a substance that prevents them from adhering to their own silk. The long legs of the orange garden spider are velvety in texture and enable the arachnid to quickly reach captured prey.