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14 Spiders that are Yellow (A to Z List with Pictures)

orb weaving spider

Many beautiful spiders are yellow. It is said that the brighter a spider is, the more dangerous it is. But, some yellow spiders are relatively harmless and color isn’t a great way to truly judge.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most interesting spiders that are yellow.

List of Spiders that are Yellow

List of Yellow Spiders

1. Banded Garden Spider

Banded Garden Spider
Scientific NameArgiope trifasciata
ClassificationArachnid
VenomMedium
SizeUp to 2 inches
HabitatGrasslands, lawns

Known for its long legs, the banded garden spider is an effective insect predator. Initially, it was native to North and South America but today, it is found all around the world. They prefer colder temperatures and start appearing in October as temperatures start to dip.

2. Barn Spider

Scientific NameAraneus cavaticus
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow
SizeUp to 2 inches
HabitatBarns, wooden structure

The preference of the barn spider to live in wooden structures like barns has earned it the name of barn spider. It likes to live in enclosed spaces where it feels safest. That way, it is nicely protected from harsh weather conditions while also having a good influx of insects to eat at the same time.

3. Black-Footed Yellow Sac Spider

Scientific NameCheiracanthium inclusum
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow
Size1 in
HabitatTrees, shrubs, indoors

The next yellow spider that you might want to be aware of is the black-footed yellow sac spider. Unlike the garden spider, the yellow sac spider will not make webs to hunt; rather, they are active predators. To do this, they need to be agile and fast to catch their prey. They also have venom, but the bite of this spider might only result in localized pain.

4. European Garden Spider

European Garden Spider
Scientific NameAraneus diadematus
ClassificationArachnid
VenomMedium
Size0.79 in
HabitatGardens, lawns

Sometimes also called the pumpkin spider, the European garden spider is typically found in the gardens of many European homes. The females are brown and white, although the males might have yellow colorations as well. It is very good at spinning orb webs, which tend to be effective for hunting.

5. Giant Golden Orb Weaver

Golden Orb Weaver
Scientific NameNephila pilipes
ClassificationArachnid
VenomMedium-high
SizeUp to 2 inches
HabitatCoastal lines, lowlight habitats

The giant golden orb weaver is commonly found on the coastlines of many Asian countries. It prefers low-light conditions with not much precipitation. This spider is sometimes feared because of the more severe adverse effects of a bite reported, such as muscle spasms and tightness. However, these bites are extremely rare.

6. Goldenrod Crab Spider

crab spider
Scientific NameMisumena vatia
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow
Size0.39 in
HabitatPlants, open fields

Populating the plants of the open fields, the goldenrod crab spider is good at hunting smaller insects that find themselves in these areas. They are particularly keen on bees and wasps that come to pollinate the plants that spiders rest on. The females of this species are entirely yellow or white.

7. Golden Silk Orb-Weaver

Golden Silk Orb-Weaver
Scientific NameTrichonephila clavipes
ClassificationArachnid
VenomMedium
Size2 in
HabitatForests, wooded areas

The golden silk orb-weaver is known as one of the best silk-spinning spiders in the world. It will create irregular sticky webs that aim to capture the prey effectively and stop it from moving before the spider inserts the venom into its target. This spider might combine colors of yellow, orange, black, and even red on its body.

8. Grass Cross Spider (St Andrews Cross Spider)

cross spider
Scientific NameArgiope catenulata
ClassificationArachnid
VenomMedium
Size1 in
HabitatRice fields, various

The grass cross spider belongs to the group of orb-weaver spiders. It is typical for countries that have rice fields, such as India, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. It has different colors on its body, including black, yellow, white, and sometimes, even orange!

9. Joro Spider

Scientific NameTrichonephila clavata
ClassificationArachnid
VenomMedium-high
SizeUp to 1 inch
HabitatForests

The joro spider is a typical spider found in Japan and other parts of Asia. It is known for its long front legs and its yellow body, as well as its bite that can hurt. However, the bite of the joro spider is never fatal. It is not an aggressive spider as it will only bite you if you try to mess with it, so don’t!

10. Marbled Orbweaver

orb weaving spider
Scientific NameAraneus marmoreus
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow
SizeUp to 0.7 in
HabitatCoasts, various

The marbled orbweaver might be found in different colorations – from orange to yellow to white. Yellow coloration is more typically seen with males. The other significant feature that is typical for this species is its large abdomen.

11. Mediterranean Black Widow

black widow
Scientific NameLatrodectus tredecimguttatus
ClassificationArachnid
VenomHigh
SizeUp to 0.6 in
HabitatMediterranean forests

The above image is of a red fully-grown female black widow. The red patch shown above can be yellow on young males. Unfortunately we couldn’t source a photo of the yellow iteration.

Females of this species have an orange and black coloration, but the males also have yellow color on their bodies. The yellow on the young male black widow is particularly pronounced The bite of this spider can be fatal, although this happens only rarely.

12. Northern Yellow Sac Spider

Scientific NameCheiracanthium mildei
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow
Size0.4 in
HabitatGardens, forests

If you notice a small yellow creature in your garden, then you might be looking at a northern yellow sac spider. This species is only 0.4 inches large, but it is perfectly capable of catching animals larger than itself. It can even consume entire larvae and moths thanks to its powerful predation habits.

13. Wasp Spider

wasp spider
Scientific NameArgiope bruennichi
ClassificationArachnid
VenomMedium
SizeUp to 1 inch
HabitatGrasslands

At first sight, you might mistake the wasp spider for a wasp; after all, that is where its name came from. But an important distinction to make is that the spider is only similar to a wasp in terms of colors; it is much larger than the wasp and of course, it will create webs that it will use for hunting its prey.

14. Yellow Garden Spider

yellow garden spider
Scientific NameArgiope aurantia
ClassificationArachnid
VenomLow-medium
Size1.10 in
HabitatGardens, lawns

The yellow garden spider is a common friend of those who owns gardens. This spider creates large webs in areas where other insects in your garden might be. The yellow garden spider has a typical yellow-and-black coloration that you might see if you are often in your garden. 

Conclusion

Spiders that are yellow live all around the world. Some of them are more dangerous than others. For example, the Mediterranean black widow is by far the most dangerous yellow spider (the male version of it).

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