The silver color on this helpful spider develops over time and this orb weaver can grow to be quite large in the garden. (Note: the size references for insects and arachnids do not include legs!)
They weave their webs between plants or cacti and have an X-shaped stabilimentum (a zigzag pattern of thicker silk in the web). The stabilimentum aids in identifying it as a part of the garden spider family. They can be found sitting head-down in the middle of their webs.
Few female spiderlings survive to maturity, but most of the males do, are they are usually eaten by a female after mating with her.