The following link contains excellent information on the Black & Yellow Argiope spider (Argiope aurantia), one of the largest spiders in our area of Texas. These spiders can easily be found here in the wooded areas of Oakridge Ranch, especially in our gardens where the spiders can find plenty of food prey. The Black & Yellow Argiope is a beneficial spider that preys on mosquitoes, moths & other flying insects, especially the mud dauber & other wasps.
Do be careful with these spiders as these can sting. Their sting is like that of a bee to most people, but may be worse for those with bee sting allergies or to the very young or older individuals.
Without the presence of these beneficial insects, we would be overrun with insects we really don’t want to have around. We hope you click on the link below to learn more about this interesting and “beautiful” arachnoid.