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Long Jawed Orb Weavers

Long-jawed Orb Weaver Spider - Tetragnatha sp.
There are 980 species of this spider worldwide. Long-jawed orb weavers are fairly easy to identify by their huge, powerful jaws, or chelicerae, and long, slender abdomen. Like the other family of orb weavers, the Araneidae, these spiders have eight eyes and these eyes are in 2 rows. They have 3 claws on each tarsus. There are about 25 species in North America. The Venusta Orchard spider  (Leucage venusta), a very common woodland arachnid, is a member of this family but its abdomen is not nearly as slender. The Festive Silver Marsh (Leucage festiva) spider found in Africa, is also a member of this species. Some species of long-jaws stand at the side of their web, keeping their legs on a radial spoke in order to detect vibrations that signal the arrival of prey. They are very adept at dropping out of sight at the slightest disturbance, or carefully camouflaging themselves as thorns or simply hiding lined up with the long axis of a twig or grass blade. They live in meadows and marshes, woodland edges. Food: insects. Most members of this family do not build vertical webs, they are usually tilted and sometimes close to horizontal. In some species, only the spiderlings produce webs. The orchard spiders build their webs in shrubs or trees.

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LONG JAWED ORBWEAVERS

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1 February, 2015:
G'day Glen Do you have any idea what type of spider this is? The photograph was taken in our front garden in East London, South Africa. Thank you.

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Reply: This is Tetragnatha viridis

19 June, 2014:
I photographed this spider while at work one day crawling across my truck, I've never seen this kind before and no one knows so maybe you do. I've searched online to see species indigenous to Pennsylvania but haven't found it yet. Pic was taken about 3 weeks ago in Pottsville, Pa

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28 May, 2013:
Hello Glen, I got your e-mail from Spiderzrule.com. I looked online and could not definitively identify this spider, myself. Since you are an expert, I would like to know if you could quickly look at the attached photo and just tell me what kind of spider this is. I will then be able to do the research on it. Thank you very much.

 

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4 August, 2013:
Hi There I came across your website while trying to find pictures of spiders from south africa to try to identify this one i came across recently in Mpumulanga province in south africa. I can't find anything online that looks similar - are you able to identify it? Apologies for the poor quality photo, but essentially its an elongated white body with a 'skull-like' marking in reddish/orange browns. Thanks Caroline.

 

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4 November, 2012:
ello! I love your site, and I've been recently getting into bug photography. Your guide is really helpful to me. Today I found this tiny little spider, and I can't identify it. The pictures aren't too clear because my camera can't properly focus on something this small. I found this little guy (or gal!) on some leaves of a plant in the garden; there was a web set up. I caught him, took these pictures, and let him go. What do you think? :) Thank you for reading, and I understand if you're unable to answer my question. I can see from your site that you get a LOT of e-mails! -Revd. Brian Andrew Pfeiffer P.S., I hope it's not venomous enough to harm a person - it was crawling all over me!

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2 Sept, 2012:

Hi glen, Could you tell me what this spider is & if it is dangerous, I found it atop of some reeds by the water at a local park. Cheers Dave

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19 August, 2012:
Dear Glen, I have been searching for the past 3 days for this spider's identification but I can't seem to find it anywhere. This photo was taken of it in Southern Michigan on my kayak in the river. Any leads would be extremely helpful. Thanks, Clint A.

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Reply: This is a long jawed orb weaver -  glen

22 June, 2012:
Hi Glen: Here's is another spider from near the town of Fergus on the Grand River in Ontario. I have no clue as to what species it is. Feel free to use it on your website. Ian

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12 April, 2012:
I'm not really sure what kind this one is. Maybe a long jawed orb weaver?

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Reply: This is a long jawed orb weaver -  glen

13 March, 2012:
Hi I have these spiders round my pond and I sometimes get bitten which brings a nasty swelling which itches and if left spreads, I now take antihistamine which clears it up. Any idea what spider it is. They are about 12mm long. Regards Mick

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Reply: This is a long jawed orb weaver -  glen

25 October, 2011:
I don't know if this is a spider. This was on a fishing dock in North Eastern Indiana, just south of the Michigan border. I observed it using the long front legs as feelers. I've never seen anything like this before! Thanks, Rene K.

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Reply: This is a long jawed orb weaver -  glen

16 October, 2011:
I found this one down by the creek I live next to. It's quite big and wanted to know what kind it was.

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16 October, 2011:
Wow, sorry about that. Here are those pictures of the suspected tetragnatha. Thanks again, Matt
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Reply: Yes I would, thanks for the photos-  glen

18 September, 2011:
Would you be interested in higher res photos of any of the attached for your spider website?
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Reply: This looks like some sort of long jawed orb weaver too -  glen

1 August, 2011:
Here are two pictures of the same spider seen on a fishing dock on the Rock River in Illinois. Any ideas on what this one is? Brian
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Reply: This looks like some sort of long jawed orb weaver -  glen

1 August, 2011:
I live in Lewisville, Texas. There are a lot of spiders like this during the summer around the lake in the wooded area. They are probably about an inch long with its legs extended in front of it as in the photo. They look like broken pieces of twigs unless you stop to really observe them.

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Reply: This is a long jawed orb weaver -  glen

25 May, 2011:
I live in Lewisville, Texas. There are a lot of spiders like this during the summer around the lake in the wooded area. They are probably about an inch long with its legs extended in front of it as in the photo. They look like broken pieces of twigs unless you stop to really observe them.

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Reply: This is a long jawed orb weaver -  glen

28 February, 2011:
Hello! I,m an amateur photographer and the owner of blog http://pk-photography.blogspot.com , where I post my pictures with brief description. Here are some pictures of spiders. Any help in identification will be highly appreciated. The pictures are taken in Pakistan. Regards Muhammad Quresh

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5 May, 2011:
Can you help me identify this spider. It was taken along a river bank in central Virginia, USA on a sunny day. It was sitting on the top leaves of a plant about 18 inches high. The spider was about an inch or so (including bent legs). Thanks. Adelaide

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4 October, 2009:
Hi Glen: I came across your web site while trying to id a spider that was in my driveway today. The spider was unusual in a couple of ways (it was green and I seldom see green spiders in Michigan). The other really unusual thing was that it was walking through the snow. It was only 20 degrees farenheit so this seemed really unusual. I have attached a couple of pictures. I have even higher resolution versions if it would help. Thanks, Kevin F.

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4 October, 2009:
Hi Glen: I came across your web site while trying to id a spider that was in my driveway today. The spider was unusual in a couple of ways (it was green and I seldom see green spiders in Michigan). The other really unusual thing was that it was walking through the snow. It was only 20 degrees farenheit so this seemed really unusual. I have attached a couple of pictures. I have even higher resolution versions if it would help. Thanks, Kevin F.

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4 October, 2009:
Hello, I saw your website. loved it. I'm on vacation and got these photos. Can you identify them for me. Don't see them on your site. Thanks. ( I'm just learning) Jan

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Reply: I think this is one of the long jawed orchard weavers.  - glen

3 September, 2009:
Hello: I took pictures of this spider which is one I've never seen before in my garden or anywhere for that matter. I've search on the internet but cannot find anything that resembles this spider. From what I can see of the Lynx Spider this one is not it. It was on the door handle of the back window of my truck and it's brilliant green color caught my eye, particularly with that reddish-orange spot on its back. It's quite small and I couldn't get too close because it was so skiddish. I live in lower Bucks Co. in the state of PA and no one seems to know what this spider is called and no one has seen it before. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Pat F.

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Reply: This is one of the long jawed orchard weavers, and not dangerous.  - glen

29 June, 2009:
Hello Spider Guy: I discovered this spider, outside, on my back porch- at night. It was on the porch roof, in a corner. I couldn't identify the pattern of it's web, but I did notice that when I threw an insect into it- the spider caught the insect and when going to the area that it would wrap it up and inject it, it did sort of a spiral (like a cone) to get there. I am not sure whether it's momentum, from shooting up to the eating spot, made the spider swing in a spiral motion or otherwise- but I thought it may be an observation worth noting for the identification process. Anyway, the web was sort of shoddy, in my opinion. Normally I revel at the sight of spiders' webs. This web seemed sort of patchy and random. The spider also didn't seem to repair the web from one day to the next. To me, that was sort of uncommon. Well I hope you enjoy the photos. I tried to google the description of this mysterious spider, but was unsuccessful in identifying the breed of this spider. I wonder if I discovered a new species!! In my search for a way to identify this spider, I came across your website. I was overjoyed to find that you were open to people sending you photos of spiders to identify. As for people using my photos, I would appreciate if they contact me to do so. I surely do not mind if you post these photos, but I would like to receive credit for finding this beauty!!! Thanks!! Anxiously Awaiting Your Response, Lisa

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Reply: This is one of the long jawed orchard weavers and not dangerous. I can't see the back or underneath well enough to tell you which particular variety it is  - glen

13 June, 2009:
Can you tell what type of spider this is. I live in oregon, pacific northwest area.

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29 June, 2008:
Hi Glen, This is the last e-mail containing pics of what I think is a Long Jawed Orb Weaver. --Damy

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Reply: This is one of the Venusta Orchard Weaver varieties of Tetragnathidae

5 June, 2008:
I came across 3 spiders like this on wile camping in Michigan. They were hanging out on my tent. Can you identify this spider?

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Reply: This spider is a long jawed orb weaver out long jawed spider. They are usually find in taller vegetation and their webs aren't as elaborate as other orb weavers.   Asa

30 May, 2005:
Hi! Love your website! I found this spider on a trash can in Gainesville Florida. It looks like a
lynx spider to me, but I was wondering about the odd shape of the head and mouth. Thanks! Jo

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2 April, 2008:
Hi Glen, I have attached two pictures of what I think is some kind of orchard spider. He had built a messy web all over my grandmother's Sweet Betsy bush, so I removed the web and spider to another location. I know he would have eaten bugs that might damage the bush, but his web was an eyesore. The two pictures aren't the greatest ever, as he was a very fast runner and unwilling to stop even for a second. Whatever kind of spider he is, there are dozens of them in many colors in almost every bush and plant around where I live. They all have the same body shape and build the same kind of web.
--Damy

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