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Banana Spider or Zipper Spider

All of my life I have called these banana spiders.

Two of the spiders that live on our porch

My husband argued that these were zipper spiders and he was right.

“The spider species Argiope aurantia is commonly known as the yellow garden spider,[2][3]black and yellow garden spider,[4]golden garden spider,[5]writing spiderzigzag spiderhay spidercorn spider, or McKinley spider,” –Wikipedia

None of the names that I found matched what I called banana spiders.

But I do like to keep them around. Females tend to stick around the same area their entire lives. (We have four now that live around us but I don’t know if they are male or female)

They eat their own web at night. I had no idea about that, but it makes sense that they keep such an organized web. I love my Bs. Bertha, Beatrice, Betty and Brenda; because I still call them banana spiders.

More information here

For reference, this is a banana spider. They are pretty cool, but not the spider that I have on my porch.