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Spider Photos -  Araneus Diadematus

Here's some photos of Garden spiders from the Orb Weaving family.  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. 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.

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Garden Orb Weavers (1) Garden Orb Weavers (2) Garden Orb Weavers (3)
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Marbled Orb Weavers (1) Marbled Orb Weavers (2)  Giant Lichen Orb Weavers
Golden Silk Orb Weavers Cat Face Orb Weavers Araneus Alsine-like/Iviei
Araneus Diadematus Araneus Nordmanni Star Bellied Orb Weavers
Furrow Spiders    
Araneus diadematus is one of the most common and best known orb weavers. It is found in Europe and parts of North America in a range extending from New England and the Southeast to the North western United States and adjacent parts of Canada. It is easily identified by the distinctive white cross on the abdomen (although in some specimens it is indistinct or missing). In England, this spider is most commonly called the 'garden spider' and it is also known as the cross spider. They are common in woodlands, heath lands and gardens. The females build circular orb webs and can be found either sitting at the centre of the web with facing down or in a retreat at the end of a signal line a short distance from the web itself. The prey is then quickly captured and wrapped in silk before being eaten. Orb Spiders are said to eat their webs each night along with many of the small insects stuck to it. They have been observed doing this within a couple of minutes. A new web is then spun in the morning.  Since this tends to be a passive animal, it is difficult to be provoked to bite - but if it does, the bite is just slightly unpleasant and completely harmless to humans.  The much smaller male will approach the female cautiously in order to mate. If not careful, he could end up being eaten by her. This spider is mature from summer to autumn and is usually at its largest in late Autumn when it is at its oldest and often full of eggs. After laying their eggs the females die and only the eggs and the spiders that hatched in spring that year will survive over winter.  

ARANEUS DIADEMATUS

Reply: Great colours!!This is a common spider known as a garden orb weaver and this species is araneus diadematus. They are venomous as are all spiders but are not considered harmful to us - glen

6 May, 2014:
. Can you identify this spider? It is quite large, only spins its web and comes out at night. During daylight hours it huddles in a corner of the metal cover over the deck. Thanks! Laura

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21 October, 2013:
Hi, I took a photo of this guy in Ireland. His body is about 1cm wide. Never saw anything like this in Ireland. Any idea?

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21 October, 2013:
Hi, I came across this spider in my garden earlier. It was considerably larger than any other spider that is usually found in the house or garden. Could you identify it for me if possible? Thanks, Trey

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25 September,  2013:
Was wondering if you could help me identify this spider on my back deck. He is enjoying a juicy stink bug so h didn't pose well!

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25 September,  2013:
This mama spider was found on my front porch today after raining very aggraisive

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25 September,  2013:
Hi...I live in queens, New York (USA) & found this guy outside my apartment...it's pretty big, like 3/4" - 1" long & I've never seen one like this before...could you please tell me if you know what kind of spider this is?? Thank you! - Conrad

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17 May, 2013:
Hi I just found this crab looking spider on our porch..I've never seen one like this before..could you plz help me to identify him and let me know if he is dangerous..I don't have spider phobia, but he kinda scares me..I'd appreciate any help you can give me.thank you

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17 May, 2013:
Hey I'm trying to ID this guy and can't find it. I need an ID for its metadata for a final project before Thursday if you can help me out. Thanks; Roland

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13 April, 2013:
Hi, I was walking my dog tonight and in my back yard adjacent to the chain link fence and my orange tree I found this spider. Do you know what kind it is? Thank you! Mandy

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16 November, 2012:
Never seen anything like this.

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2 November, 2012:
Hi there, I came across your site while searching forums for help in identifying this spider found in the yard of my home. We live in Menlo Park, CA USA I apologize in advance if the photo is not clear enough.

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8 September, 2012:
Can you identify? Muncy, PA

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26 August, 2012:
I live in south Louisiana and this beautiful spider resides on my front porch. What is it?

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29 June, 2012:
Hi Glen Here's a few photo's of Araneus diadematus for your wonderful website All Female apart from 9405 which is a Male All the best Nik

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30 May, 2012:
Hello, I've been browsing your site for about a year now and I love it. I have a few photos of spiders that I'm having a hard time identifying. I would really appreciate it if you could take some time to check them out for me. If you're too busy, I understand. I tried to ID them to the best of my ability, but I'm still a huge amateur at this: Trop Orb Weaver.JPG - I'm pretty sure this is a Tropical Orb Weaver but so many of the weavers looked so similar, I have doubts about it sometimes.

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Reply: These are araneus diadematus - glen

15 April, 2012:
Hi, just want to say I'm a big fan of your website. I have a few spider pictures you may be interested in. I live in Cyprus, Paphos...all pics were taken here. Also there are many species here that have not been publicized. Thanks for your time, would appreciate it if my pictures were not distributed...showing them on your site would be greatly appreciated though :) Matt Smith

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus - glen

15 April, 2012:
Hello, I was going to my Mum's place and found this spider building quite a nice web on her front porch. Kathy

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus - glen

15 April, 2012:
Dear sir Found this spider in my door corridor,don't know what kind of spider it is. Hope you can identify it. Photo attached THANK YOU PETER

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - araneus diadematus  - glen

23 December, 2011:
Would you mind giving me an ID on these guys? Are they orb weavers?

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus - glen

14 November, 2011: 
Hi, what is this magnificent looking arachnid. Its as large as a silver dollar. Is it male or female. I live in Humboldt CA. I am a block from the ocean, about 5 hours north of San Francisco. A tip for taking photos of small objects up close, use macro. Enjoy these photos, use them freely. This is the prettiest spider I have ever seen! Look at the mask on it's back! Kevin 11/11/11.

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus, nice closeup, click for a larger view - glen

22 October, 2011:
Glen, This spider has been hanging upside down on its' web the past several days in my outdoor shed. The second shot is a close up of the spiders' head. Jerry

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus - glen

22 October, 2011:
Found this guy in Utah. Any idea?

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus - glen

22 October, 2011:
Enjoyed your web site and was wowed by the diversity of orb spiders. My daughter sent me this picture of a spider on her patio door. We thought it was some kind of orb spider, which was confirmed by a Washington State University entomology professor. But we still want to know what kind of orb spider. There are many military personnel from Fort Lewis living in her apartment complex. We thought it might have hitchhiked with them from the Middle East because it was so exotic looking. If you could give us any more information it would be appreciated. Thanks, Michelle, Kent, Washington

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus too - glen

15 October, 2011:
Hello Glen, I have look at so many spiders, that I am soooooooo confused, could you possibly identify this species. Itís roughly a little larger than a quarter. Ö and most of all is it harmless, this is the 4th one Iíve seen?? Than you so much for your response.

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus too - glen

11 October, 2011:
Hi there Just found your website I was at my dads house today, he lives in Dartmouth, nova Scotia, Canada I noticed this giant but amazing looking spider down near his door We took many pictures The pattern on it's back was just amazing And the legs were hairy and striped I'm attaching some pix Thx! []

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus - glen

11 October, 2011:
Hi Glen, Found this one when opening an electronics case sent back from Japan to the US. It is possible that it somehow got into the case in the few moments I had it open but I believe it is a stowaway from Soma, Japan - about 60 miles north of Fukushima. I have been through most of the available websites and cannot ID this one. I want to say it's some type of Neoscona but not sure. Thanks, John Western, Pennsylvania

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Reply: This one is  araneus diadematus and like all spiders is venomous. However its venom is no more dangerous than a bee or wasps' - glen

9 October, 2011:
Here is a weird spider picture for you. No idea what this spider is or if it is poisonous. If you know, please tell me. This buggers home is on my kids playset Jodi

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Reply: This one is a garden orb weaver - araneus diadematus - glen

9 October, 2011:
Here are some much better pictures, These are 2 different spider from the bush in my yard. A little smaller than the last one I sent you, about 20mm across including legs.

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Reply: This one is a garden orb weaver - araneus diadematus, a bite should not pose a problem unless employee was allergic to spider bites - glen

9 October, 2011:
Hey glen I got a couple spiders I have found in upstate New York while working. If you could tell me what they are that would help our efforts to knowledge our employees of a possible bite.

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5 October, 2011:
Can you please identify this spider for me? I live in Rochester NY. Thank you. Joe

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11 September, 2011:
I have a picture of a large for here spider. It seemed to be timmid. I live in Syracuse New York. Is this some sort of orb spider? It is about half the size of my thumb to the first knuckle. Brian

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Reply: Yes it is-  glen

4 September, 2011:
Is this an orb weaving spider? Found this in Salmon arm, BC canada.

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13 August, 2011:
I have these all over my yard in Salem, OR and have been trying to find out what they are. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Reply: It's a garden orb weaver - glen

15 December, 2010:
hey I came across your site while trying to identify a spider that lives in my garage! I attached an image of the spider...thanks for the help!

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

30 October, 2010:
hi, from oak lawn, illinois. this spider scared the heck out of me. never saw anything like it, but we are in the midst of 70 mph winds here in chicago area. looks like it came from a desert island. does it have a name? kindest thanks

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

30 October, 2010:
Did not see any such a lovely brick red color on your site. Taken last weekend in Ukrainian Village, Chicago. I just love her spiky legs! Delica

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

14 October, 2010:
Glen - Found you on the Web. I'm wondering if you could help me ID this guy. Found him in my backyard in Santa Rosa, CA. Here's a link to a set of photo of him/her,  Thanks, Russ

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

9 October, 2010:
Feel free to use this photo if you find it useful. Photo was taken October 8, 2010 in Racine, WI. Two other spiders of the same species are webbing on the same porch. Thanks, Don

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

7 October, 2010:
I found this Garden Orb Weaver in our laurel bush. It appears to have built a nest with dandelion seeds. The body is about ĺĒ around. Thanks, -Pat

 

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

5 October, 2010:
We live in Massachusetts and were wondering if you could identify this huge spider we saw outside. It was jumping at us. Thanks Heather and Ed

 

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

24 September, 2010:
any idea what this is?

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

20 September, 2010:
Hi This is not the type of spider we expect to find here in the coldest parts of the UK, well Mansfield actually. This was seen tonight and we were wondering if it could have caused a problem if it had got as far as my grandson's bedroom (he's only 21 months) Its more of a worry for his Mom as it was about 2 inches long and definately not a typical house spide, even a big one. Any name or warnings you can give us would be appreciated. Many Thanks Terry (Grandad)

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

10 September, 2010:
Hello! This is a spider that is living outside our kitchen window in Ontario, Canada near Toronto. We think it must be a Shamrock Orb Weaver after looking at the pictures on your website. Thanks for the pictures and information! Kate

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

10 September, 2010:
Hello Glen, You have a great site, it is very interesting. Here is a photo of a Spider that has been on our porch for three weeks. It mostly hangs out in one position, it must be his lucky spot...enjoy! Best wishes, -Larry

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Reply: I'd say 3 of the photos are of the garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

10 September, 2010:
Hello Glen, I write an amateur naturalist column for the Bangor Daily News in Bangor, Maine, USA, and this summer put my attention to spiders, but I am having an awful time drawing a bead on identifications. I've accumulated four or five books over the past couple of years, but rarely do I see confidence-inspiring matches between the spiders I see and the pictures, and some photos and illustrations of spiders of the same name look nothing alike. So I have attached several photos here of spiders I just cannot find visual matches to, other than to say "orb weaver" in one or two cases. Thank you very much if you have time to take a look at these and offer names.

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus  -  glen

10 September, 2010:
Found these spiders, one in my garage and the other on the outside. I think it's some sort of Orb Weaver...as they had/have orb webs. Can you tell me a specific kind of orb weaver? The one with a #1 was last year 2009 The one with a #2. is this year 2010...(and we are in a new house) Spiders freak me out. Nikki

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus and there was no need to kill it because it wasn't dangerous!! -  glen

10 September, 2010:
Hi Glen I love your website! I take so many pictures of spiders now, so I can try to figure out what kind they are. Please take a look at this spider that my husband found (and killed). I think its an orbweaver and he thinks its a brown recluse spider. We live about 15 miles west of Chicago, Illinois. He found it outside of our garage at the top along the overhang. Please give me your opinion and stop the argument between the two of us!! If you need a better picture, let me know and I can get it to you...Thank you! Julie

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver   - araneus diadematus -  glen

27 August, 2010:
I've been on your site for the past two nights trying to identify a spider that has made itself a home next to my back door. I live in NW Indiana. This spider is beautiful and has quite the large abdomen. I was wondering if you could give me a guess as to what it is. It is maybe an inch long. Please let me know. I'm so curious about this little guy. :) And if you like the picture, please feel free to use it on your site. Thank you, Lori

 

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23 December, 2009:
I have been trying to identify this spider. please help! I live In colden NY, it was on the side of our T111 sided House. Thank you~ sorry this is so big i couldnt make it any smaller if it is too big please let me know

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29 November, 2009:
Hi, Iím hoping you can help me identify what kind of spider this is. I found it outside my house (Toronto, Canada) and have not been able to find any information online. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Reply: No it's not a brown widow, this is a garden orb weaver and not dangerous.
23 November, 2009:
Hello, I live in Torrance Ca USA and have found many brown widows this year. This spider in the picture looks nothing like the other brown widows I've found but was in a tree right next to five large spiked brown widow style egg sacks. That stick its on is about 3/4 inches wide. Any idea what it is? Thanks, James


Click for an excellent closeup

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Reply:  thanks - glen

2 November, 2009:
Just wanted to double check, thanks for having such an awesome website!

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Reply:  This is a garden orb weaver, probably a male araneus diadematus  - glen
2 November, 2009:
I found this in the garage picked it up and it balled up and wouldn't come out of the fetal position until I pulled at one of it's legs..thanks Ken

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Reply:  This is a garden orb weaver, araneus diadematus too - glen

24 October, 2009:
Hi there, I would appreciate if you can give me info about the attached spider, and how venomous could it be. Thank you Wissam from Lebanon

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Reply:  This is a garden orb weaver, araneus diadematus - glen

24 October, 2009:
My Sister in law and her husband sent this photo to my son as he is fascinated but all things bugs, and wanted his help in I.D.ing it. could you maybe also help.

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23 October, 2009:
Hello - this spider appeared on my awning outside of my front window. I live in the suburbs of Chicago. It's probably about the size of a quarter. The next day, another one appeared on my roof, about the same size but I can't get close enough to see any details. I would appreciate any help you can offer as I have young children and would like to know if the spider is poisonous. Thank you.. Bridget

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14 October, 2009:
Thank you for attempting to identify this spider. The photo was taken on my patio in Snohomish, Washington. Best regards, Andy

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14 October, 2009:
Wow 2 in one week!~ This one is brown with a clear yellow cross down the back. a huge sac as well. I sent 3 photos.

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14 October, 2009:
We were wondering what kind of spider this is. He lives in the window at my daughters preschool in the Detroit area. Thanks! Renae
 

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3 October, 2009:
hello,we have a few of these around and with a dog,i'am concerned not knowing what they are,please help.Sean

 

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12 September, 2009:
Dear Glen I thought you might like a picture of this beauty. I found her in my day lily bed. I live in Northwestern Pennsylvania. She was very docile and let me flip around the leaves to get a nice photo of her. She is large; 2 cm body and maybe 3.5-4 cm total with her legs stretched.

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31 August, 2009:
I believe this is a garden orb weaver in the downward facing pose. It's body is nearly 2" long, and you can see the typical orb weaver pattern in the center of the web. Feel free to use this photo on your site if it suits your needs. Thanks, Marlon
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31 August, 2009:
Hi Glen, This morning Saturday August 29, 2009 I notice this spider outside within the area of a Japanese Maple Tree. The shots that I got were with it still in the web. I have however never seen a spider of this type, could you please enlighten me to its type and if it something to actually worry about. Sincerely Dearborn Michigan ~Shane

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28 August, 2009:
Hi Is this a wolf spider? Itís in my garage and itís web is huge Ö easily 2 - 3 feet across and from the top of the garage to the floor. It doesnít like loud sounds. Iím in Schenectady NY. If someone wants to use the pic let me know. This is probably the biggest spider I have ever seen. Terry
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23 August, 2009:
hi glen. im a pretty avid photographer and one day i found this spider outside (around 2 in total including legs) and i snapped a photo of it. ive been trying for weeks to identify it and i came across your web site (which did help me identify 2 other spiders i had in question) i noticed that you seem to have a pretty good insight on spider types so i was wondering if you could help me out. im not quite sure exactly what it is, and unfortunatly i have only one photo, but it is a very detailed shot and i hope you can come up with something on this -kym ps im pretty sure knowing a location helps so i shot this outside of my home in southeastern wisconsin
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18 December, 2008:
Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is. It has been hanging around my back deck light for a few months now, I donít mess with it because I donít like it but it does seem to be getting bigger. We live in Yelm Washington. Thanks

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13 November, 2008:
Hi Glen, I have written you before about a spider I saw in my yard, I believe it was a banded argiope. Now I have another photo of a more common orb weaver. I took this at night very close up and wanted to share this photo with you and all the people who visit your site. I live on the central coast of California. Thanks a bunch, Brian P.S. If you know the name of this spider, please let me know and also the link on your website where I can find it. Thanks

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Reply: This and the one below both belong to the family of araneus orb weavers. I'm not sure if they are araneus diadematus but they have a similar cross to them so I'll include them here.

13 November, 2008:
What is this?

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13 November, 2008:
Hi, I wonder if you could help me identify the spider in the attached photographs? I live in the Paphos district of Cyprus and noticed the spider in its web attached to the guttering of the house. The spider was about 50mm across its legs and the body was about 20mm across. As you can see it had a very beautiful pattern across its body almost like a flower. Regards David

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10 November, 2008:
Here is a huge spider I found in my garden on Long Island, October 2008. Any idea on what it is or if it's harmful?

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Reply: I'm not sure if this a cat face orb weaver or araneus diadematus as it has the cross on its abdomen. I'll put it in both!! glen

25 October, 2008:
Hey Glen, I have a beautiful Cat-Faced Garden Orb Weaver Spider living above my bedroom window. Here are some pics of her sunbathing. Great site, I really enjoy all the information! Best, -Stephen

Nice close ups, click for a larger view.

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Reply: It looks more like araneus diadematus to me - glen
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October, 2008:
Glen, I used your website to identify the spider in my backyard. It looks like a Shamrock Orb Spider, just a little lighter color than the one in your photo. I took these photos yesterday. I live in Canton, Michigan. You can use these photos on your website if you want to. These are downsized photos, but if you need the original size just ask. Rick

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20 October, 2008:
I saw this on my garage today and hadn't seen one before. It is much larger than similar shaped spiders I have seen. I live in Bowmanville, Ontario. Canada. Any idea what it is? Hope you enjoy the picture. Martin

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20 October, 2008:
Glen, I have seen a few of these around the outside of my house. I could not find one like it on your site...can you tell me what spider this is? Thanks, Dan

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Reply: This is araneus diadematus too.
 
12 October, 2008:
Hello, I came across your site while looking for a name for this spider. I think it may be one of the "marble" ones on your site. Its pretty gross looking to me, but may be interesting to you!! Thanks kindly Mary
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Reply: This is araneus diadematus too.
 
8 October, 2008:
Hey, I know Iím being a over zealous parent but we have a new born and I donít want anything bad going on. I have found a lot of webs around my home here in Gloucester, MA, and today I was able to photograph one. I have seen this spider around my house and they seem to be even bigger depending on the time of year. Can you put my mind to rest and tell me that it is just a harmless spider. Or if it isnít what I should do. Thank you, Wesley

 

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Reply: This is araneus diadematus too.
 
4 October, 2008:
Glen, first of all, your site is really great! Thank you for all the work you put into spiders and for sharing it with the public. Is there any way that you could tell me what type of spider this is? I looked on your site for a while and canít find it. Thanks in advance if you can find the time to assist. Jamie and Joe

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Reply: This looks like araneus diadematus too.
 
4 October, 2008:
I have been trying to overcome my fear of spiders recently. I have a 4 and a 7 year old, and I don't want them to be as afraid of them as I am. My good friend works at the San Francisco Zoo, and she took us on a behind the scenes tour of their bugs etc and showed us the room where they breed new bugs. I about peed my pants when we got to all of the spiders. I decided then that I needed to do something about it. Luckily for me, I have a whole family of Halloween Spiders living off my porch. I think they are a cross orb weaver? I've done some research on them and my son and I feed them when we can. They are getting very big now. It's been about four days and I've taken some amazing photos of them. They are quite beautiful. I was hoping you had some info on them for me to share with my kids. I tried to explain how a spider eats to my son. But his four year old brain had trouble grasping it. I ended up telling him that the bug gets turned into a spider smoothy for the spider. I'll attach a couple of photos so you can see what kind of spider I'm talking about. Jenny. Thanks! Your site was forwarded to me by a friend, and I'm having a fun (and semi creepy) time looking at all the photos!

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver araneus diadematus. All spiders are venomous not poisonous but in most like this one, their venom is not worse than a bee sting.

30 September, 2008:
Hi, We live in Bay City, MI, and were wondering if you could tell us what kind of spider this is? They are just about everywhere, but this one is the biggest i've found. We want to know if it is poisonous or not. If you could give me any information, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lacey

 

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28 September, 2008:
Could you please tell us what kind of spider this is? Thanks, Charles

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver araneus diadematus and you should not kill it!!

23 September, 2008:
Hi- I visited your spider website, and would like to know what this spider is. I live in Northeast Ohio, about 35 miles south of Cleveland. This appeared in my front window about 2 weeks ago. While this one is outside, can you also tell me why my house is being invaded by spiders at this time of year? Should I kill this one? Is it poisonous? Thank you Katie

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver araneus diadematus.

21 September, 2008:
Dear Glen, I found this spider on a rather large web (probably about a foot and a half diameter) which extended across the side door in my garage. Thanks to a rather expensive camera, I managed to capture some cool photos of it and I was hoping you could possibly identify it for me.. It's probably about the size of a half dollar piece (roughly). Thanks! Andrew

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver araneus diadematus.

21 September, 2008:
Glen, My husband and I have been finding these spiders in our home and outside. We live in North Eastern Ohio. We have no clue what this is and have small children. We just want to make sure it's not a brown recluse. If not is this spider dangerous? Thank you! Jodi and Michael

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8 September, 2008:
Glen you're my hero!! All my friends think I'm weird because I like spiders and always encourage people to keep them around and to stop killing them, but I am lucky enough to be able to visit your website for encouragement, and for that alone I owe you a load of thanks!! I have a few Araneus Diadematus living in my Quebec City yard, two of which I go out of my way to feed, as I wonder if there's any end to the size they'll grow to. Surprisingly enough, neither has exploded as of yet! I have attached a couple of photos of WHIZZY (so named because I love the way she "whizzes" down to her hiding spot) who has picked herself an amazing spot in the low cedars in the front yard, allowing her to gorge herself pretty much day and night! On one of the photos she has mummified 2 insects at once, a moth and a fly that you can clearly see at the bottom. I did mention that she's quite greedy right?!!! On the other she is back in her hiding spot feeding on an earwig, all the while keeping one of her legs on her "alert" line, in case something else hits the web. I've noticed that the first thing she'll do will be to install some kind of "safety" line onto her prey in case she has to let go of it quickly, ensuring it's not gonna go anywhere while she's off catching something else! A million thanks for your most informative and interesting web site Glen, I truly hope more people realise how beneficial arachnids are to the planet, and I believe people like you will greatly help. Cheers and thanks again, Anne

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Reply: This is either a male or immature female garden orb weaver.

31August,  2008:
Hi Glenda here is a picture of the front of the spider. Kind regards David

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24 August,  2008:
Found this spider which made a pretty elaborate web near the hose attached to my house. Kinda' spooked me...the "butt" was about 1" long and 3/4" wide. Any idea what kind of spider this is? It's half dead in the picture...I should of taken a better picture of it's fangs.

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7 February, 2008:
Hi Glen! I found your Web site shortly after finding the spider attached to this email.
It was found in its web and resides in San Francisco. I do not know what it is but I'm guessing a Garden Orb-Weaving spider. This is purely a guess. The body is probably around 1.25 - 1.5" long. it's hanging above my doorway and is often above me as I leave the house. I'm not entirely comfortable with it being there. Late one evening upon leaving the house, I saw it. I went in and grabbed the camera, flash, and flash cable. Holding the flash in one hand and the camera in the other, I quickly took four shots before it got uncomfortable with me and scurried up and out of the way.
I thought you might enjoy the photo. Cheers! Nathan

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29 October, 2007:
Could you please tell me what kind of spider this is? It was outside my window. I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It measured about four inches from the back legs to the front.  Thank you!
Sally

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11 November, 2007

Hi, I took a photo of this spider in my back yard and wondered if it was  poisonous as it has a distinctive red coloured back. Yours' John

 

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2 November, 2007:
Hey Glen! Thanks for having, from what I can tell, is the best Spider  identification website available. I perused through the different  categories but came up (surprisingly) stumped on this spider. I've
been seeing a TON of these in Berkeley, CA area in the past month or  two. They're usually fairly large (1"-1.5") and I always see them in a  large circular web. It looks a lot like some of the wolf spiders I've
seen on your page but I also read wolf spiders don't usually hang out
in webs and this one seems to always be in a web. Thanks for your help! -Sid


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26 October, 2007:
Glen, I live in Michigan, and was wondering if you might be able to help me identify this spider, it is on the front of my house. I have never seen anything like it. Thank you for your time.  Thank you, Curt

 

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29 October, 2007:
Could you please tell me what kind of spider this is? It was outside my window. I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It measured about four inches from the back legs to the front.  Thank you!
Sally

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9 October, 2007:
Hi Glen, Could you take a crack at identification of the attached spider photo.  It was taken in Perry, Michigan. Thanks, Kevin  & Beth

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8 September, 2007:
Hello, My wife called me at work this morning after spraying the light fixture outside of our front door. She told me that there was a huge spider and that I would have to come home to take it away and identify it.. We live in Fremont, Michigan and I could not find a picture of this species? Please let me know what you think, and is it dangerous? Ive included a couple pics..  Click for a larger view.

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Reply: This is Araneus diadematus, the cross spider.

17 August 2007:
He/she made a web on my front porch, any idea of what kind it is?
Thanks.
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Reply: This is Araneus diadematus, the cross spider.

17 August 2007:
Hi, my name is Michelle.. I found this spider on my front porch, out of curiosity I googled him to see what kind he is. Anyways, I see that you don't identify them, but here's a few pictures.. Tell me what you think!

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The spider identified as a possible hammock spider is a male common garden spider (araneus diadematus). It's a mature one and at this stage in its' life and it does not make a web. It's only interested in finding a female for mating. The female is usually bigger and more often than not ends up eating the male after mating. It's not dangerous. Dan
11 August 2007:
I am a self proclaimed Arachnaphobe
and just moved to New Hampshire, where apparently, there are many spiders! I freak out over the smallest house spider, so you can imagine my surprise (meltdown) when I see one of these suckers. I saw this one out on my deck this morning, climbing under one of my plants (that's really just a small tree). My boyfriend got a pretty good picture of it Ė can you help me identify it? I've been all over the web, and it kind of looks like a "hammock" spider Ė not sure though, I've never seen one like this before. Can you tell me if it's dangerous? Thanks for your help!

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11 June, 2007:
I took this picture in a backyard garden in Portland, Or. Can you identify it for me? Thank You

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31 October, 2006:
So ... I just found this spider in my backyard today (in WA state). Is it what you call on your site an orb weaver? Either way, I thought it was pretty cool to find this 2 days prior to Halloween.
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Stacie
 

 

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11 October, 2006:
found this big guy in my shed last week...........mike r. michigan...
I feed him a few bugs to keep him fat!!!!

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11 October, 2006:
Hi ! I took a photo of this spider outside my front door , in Southern Ontario, Canada. I wondered if anyone could tell me what
kind it might be. I've never noticed one this large, around here before. Its' rear-end was about the size of a marble. My wife has a
spider phobia and something this size is the stuff of nightmares for her. I'll have to see it doesn't carry her off. Ha! ha! PS:
Cool site, nice photos too. Take care !

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11 October, 2006:
Dear Sir, I have found 2 spiders on each side of my porch light. I have tried to identify them but I am stumped. I believe them to be an orbweaver, but after viewing your site I have found them to resemble many others. My family has grown fond of these two spiders. We catch grass hoppers, crickets, and other insects to feed them. I live in North eastern Ohio, and garden spiders are common in this area, but I don't believe that is what they are. I tried to get some shots of the eyes, knowing this helps to identify them, but they are sometimes shy and move very quick. I hope you are able to at least help us put a name to are house guests. I would greatly appreciate it. Many thanks, Christina

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8 October, 2006: Wow! What an amazing website!!! We live in Northern New York and seem to have a recent abundance of these spiders. Thanks to your website I was able to gain some education and calm my nerves as well. Thanks to all who have submitted the great photos, they were extremely helpful in my quest to identify this spider. I didn't realize what cool markings it had until seeing the picture of it on a white background. And on a special note... My family sends our deepest sympathies for the loss of Australia's GREATEST Wildlife Warrior. We have learned so much and gained a true respect for wildlife through Steve's example. "Crikey, we're gonna miss ya mate!" Our sincerest regards, Angela  & family,Dexter, New York

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8 October, 2006:
Hello, I've been watching this spider in my garage for the past month and a half. Just took a couple pictures of it, any idea what it might be? It spun it's web completely covering one of the glass garage panes and is usually visible from underneath from outside the window but was up higher when I went to take these pics. I will try to get some of the underneath later tonight. Thanks


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6 February, 2006:
Hi, Just thought of sharing this image to your site. I took this image from Trysil Norway. I dont know much about spiders really but I just thought they're fascinating. I also posted this image in my blog & i got some interesting comments. Do drop by too.
Regards, EyeQ
http://moblog.co.uk/blog/EyeQ

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Reply: This is araneus diadematus and not considered medically significant.

13 January, 2006:
Hi Glen, I love your site. Thanks for posting the great spider pics. This guy/gal hangs out in front of my house in the evening waiting for the unsuspecting morsel to happen into its web. I pretty sure itís an Orb Weaver but Iím not sure as to the specific designation (marble, garden, shamrock???). Thanks, Terry

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18 Sept, 2005:
Just wondering if anyone could help identify this spider. It was found just hanging around outside the window of our house in Southeast Michigan. It is about 1" to 1 1/2" big.
Thank you, Brandie

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17 Sept, 2005:
Hi! I stumbled onto your site, which made me very happy. I hope you can help me with my problem. Can you please identify this spider for me? I found the spider in the corner of my porch,next to its web. If it is any help to you , i live on Long Island in New York. I have 3 children and a dog,should i be concerned? Thank You for your immediate response to my request.
Sincerely Pia.

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12 September, 2004
I live in Brampton, Ontario. This spider is on a web in the front of my house. I am teriffied of spiders and i want my husband to get rid of it but i want to make sure that it is not harmfull. Please let me know
Thanks for your help
Misty Sturman
 

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4 November, 2003:
Hello,
I just found your website, and saw your invitation to send you some spider pics for ID.. here are a couple of pics of a brown spider, with the general body shape of a Black Widow, the length is approximately one half inch (body), and approx. 1.5" including legs. Has some very nice fangs, can't really see them in the picture. I still have him in a terrarium, he's a prolific web spinner. I have no idea what species this is. The only other large web spinning spiders here (Springfield, Massachusetts , USA ) are Golden Garden spiders, which are slightly larger than this species, and some species of jumping spider, which builds a web, but will actually jump out of the web to capture nearby insects. I've seen it. I'd appreciate you ID, or guess. The markings on the abdomen are very distinctive.
James Gavioli
Westfield, MA

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