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Spider Photos - Cat faced Orbweaver (1)

Here's some photos of those common Garden spiders from the Orb Weaving family.   My apologies if there are some Araneus on pages where they don't belong but they are very hard to classify. Try this page for a species guide:

Orb weavers (Araneidae) are often brightly coloured with rounded abdomens, some with peculiarly angled humps or spines. However, there is considerable variation in size, colour and shape in this group. They are often recognized for building beautiful, large, round webs, on which they rest, head downward, waiting for prey. The webs consist of a number of radiating threads crossed by two spirals. The inner spiral begins in the centre, winds outward, and is made of smooth threads like the radiating threads. It covers only the central 1/3 of the web. The outer spiral begins at the edges and winds inward. It is made of more elastic, sticky threads, coated with a liquid substance. One of the largest and most commonly encountered members of this group is Argiope aurantia, the yellow garden spider and we have photos of them on their own page. Garden Orb Weavers are NOT dangerous (but can bite as can most spiders) and rid your garden of many unwanted insects. They only live for one season and die off as Winter approaches, leaving their egg sacs behind to hatch out next Spring. Please select a section below. Here's a short video (3Mb) sent in by Aaron Knapp. Click here.

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Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Dew Drop Spiders Fishing Spiders
Funnel Web (Aus) Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers
Ghost Spider Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers
Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers
Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders
Jumping Spiders Ladybird Spiders Leaf Curling Spiders
Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders Marbled Orb Weavers
Micarathena Mouse Spiders Mygalomorphs
Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders Parson Spiders
Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion Purseweb Spider
Red & Black Spiders Redback Spiders Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders
Running Crab Spiders Scorpion Spiders Segestria Florentina
Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders Spider Tats
Spitting Spiders Steatoda Tailless Whip Scorpions
Tarantulas Tengellid Spiders Trapdoor Spiders
Two Spined Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders
White Tailed Spiders

Widow Spiders

Wolf Spiders
Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders Zoropsis spinimana


Orb weavers (Araneidae) are often brightly coloured with rounded abdomens, some with peculiarly angled humps or spines. However, there is considerable variation in size, colour and shape in this group. The common cat face spider is representative of orb weaver spiders of Family Araeniidae, Order Arachnida, Araneus gemmoides. The markings on this spider's back are thought to resemble a cat's face, complete with bumps that look like ears.  This is a fairly large spider, about 20mm, or almost the size of a quarter dollar. It builds its large orb webs inside barns and outbuildings, and near light sources.  It is completely harmless. Please select a section below for more Orb Weavers.
Garden Orb Weavers (1) Garden Orb Weavers (2) Garden Orb Weavers (3)
Garden Orb Weavers (4) Garden Orb Weavers (5) Garden Orb Weavers (6)
Garden Orb Weavers (7) Garden Orb Weavers (8) Garden Orb Weavers (9)
Garden Orb Weavers (10) Garden Orb Weavers (11) Garden Orb Weavers (12)
Shamrock Orb Weavers Orb Weaver Spiderlings Tropical Orb Weavers
Marbled Orb Weavers Giant Lichen Orb Weavers Golden Silk Orb Weavers
Cat Face Orb Weavers Araneus Alsine-like/Iviei Araneus Diadematus
Furrow Spiders Arabesque Orbweaver Araneus Cingulatas
Green Orb Weavers    

Species  - Araneus gemmoides


6 September,  2014:
Hi, Can you tell me what species this is? We live at 2450' near Ashland in southern OR. She has woven a beautiful web, approx 20-24" in diameter. Also, what is the unusual "structure"on her back? Each of the little nodules appear to have hair-like bristles. Thanks! Great site! Cheers, Dick


18 July,  2014:
Thanks for being a good sport. pics are taken around here. See! we do have real spiders! We are still getting a kick out of the "Chinalimus"! Wes


21 October,  2013:
Good Day Glen, Can you tell me what the spider is in the attached photo? I suspect is some type of crab spider. I found it in the fall this year and last year in our Vegetable Garden area in Yakima, Washington (High Desert part of the State of Washington). Blessings sent, Mark

25 September, 2013:
Hi, I am enjoying your website - spiderzrule.com. It's very informative. Can you identify this spider? I found it living on the porch of a home in the mountains of southern Oregon. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge. I hope you have a safe and fun holiday. Thanks again, Mary

25 September, 2013:
Do you know what this is? Manitoba Canada lurking in my garage watching me??

25 September, 2013:
My friend found this spider on her outside wall. She lives in a little town in Southern Utah. Any clue what it may be? One of her friends thought it could be a cat spider. Thanks! June

15 January, 2013:
Hi Glen Do you think you can identify this spider? It is an orb spider, found in the bushveld in South Africa. We thought it to be a cat faced spider, but not sure if cat faced spiders are found in South Africa? Body size is appr. 25mm long excluding legs. Regards Magriet

2 November, 2012:
Hi, I saw you're website and I was wondering if you could identify a spider for me. I live in Eastern Washington right next to the Idaho border. I work on an orchard and found this spider on my ladder when I was picking pears. I don't mind if you post this on your website. a photo is below. Thanks -Will So what is this? And especially what is that thing on its back??

2 November, 2012:
Hi there, I've found three of these around my house here in Oregon. I'm pretty sure its a crab spider or orb weaver or something, but its so big, and can't seem to find a picture just like this one. My wife wants to know if its dangerous. :-) I had a problem for a while where I was getting Hobo Spider bites on my ankles and legs but never once saw one. Its scary to think one was biting my inner thigh by my ____ and never knew it. I know what they look like. This one is probably harmless, but my wife is crawling up the wall. Thanks in advance, Jim

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25 September, 2012: :
Cat faced spider?

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25 September, 2012: :
This was a few weeks after I first discovered it above my door! Seems to a fab place when the patio light is on, she gets a good feeding. No one seems to know what she is either. We've been getting a lot of new creatures in the area, or we have just never come across them. In advance thanks for skill & appreciation of spiders! Sean-Patrick :)

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26 August, 2012:
Great Site! We live in Central Oregon and have at least one of these spiders on our porch every year. They always build in an out of the way place and are really cool to watch. They show up around July/August and disappear when the hard frost comes. Could you please tell me what they are? Thanks, S. Higgins Oregon


Reply: Thanks a lot for the photos, your photos are great!! -  glen

22 July, 2012:
Iím an entry level photographer with a passion for arthropods, Since I frequent your website for identification of spiders, I thought I would give back and send you some of my photos. Thanks for hosting such an amazing website!

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Reply: This is a cat face orb weaver -  glen

22 July, 2012:
Here is a spider I found all scrunched up on my wall. Couldn't even tell it was a spider at first. My husband could not find it anywhere and from the pic he took here it doesn't look like it has 8 legs but I think they may have been cut off by the scissors he was holding it with. Found in Guatay, CA, USA, 91931 Please find it for me and let me know how prolific it is and if it is dangerous. Thanks, Lisa


Reply: This is a cat face  orb weaver -  glen

7 May, 2012:
I have been interested in spiders and other bugs for some time now. I did have an incounter quite some time ago with one. It made me scared of them for a while, but always wanted to know more. I am a professional photographer for weddings and senior portraits, but my days off in the summer consists of me walking through my garden and photographing bugs.



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