Easily the prettiest spider around in her dressed-to-kill gown, fur collar and long black stockings. These beauties are also known as “writing spiders” because of the trademark zigzag pattern in their webs (shown just below her). They have three specialized types of silk glands. One is used to create the Z-pattern, another creates the radial web strands, and a third type builds the food-trapping silk. Golden garden spiders are beneficial creatures, seem pretty mild tempered, and are not poisonous. Click here to view the spider’s underbelly.