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Spider Photos -  Orbweaver (2009)

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:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1972/bgpage
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 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 Fishing Spiders Funnel Web (Aus)
Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers 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 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 Trapdoor Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders
Wandering Spiders

White Tailed Spiders

Widow Spiders
Wolf Spiders Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders

ORB WEAVERS/GARDEN SPIDERS

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 black and yellow garden spider and we have photos of them and other argiopes on their own page. Please select a section below.
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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
Araneus Nordmanni Star Bellied Orb Weavers Furrow Spiders

GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Unspecified

23 December, 2009:
We found this spider on some clothes hanging on the line outside our house near Charlotte, N.C. It was about 60 degrees outside and he didn't seem to move. We shook him off after taking these photos. Thanks, Pete

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23 December, 2009:
Hi, I am fairly certain I have a harmless orb spider but my wife would like to be certain it is not dangerous as it is hanging out next to our front door. I only see it at night. I don't remember seeing the web during the day. It is a vertical web, it is in the center and it is f[]acing the ground. Thank you Talis

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23 December, 2009:
please tell me what kind of spider i found it in a box it is very aggressive

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Reply: Yes it is a garden orb weaver - glen
11 December, 2009:

Hi there. We found this lovely specimen on our ceiling last night? Any ideas? Thanks!

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11 December, 2009:
I have searched the internet for hours and I am unable to find anything like this spider. I live on North Florida, near the ocean. I look forward to your response! Thanks, erin

 
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16 November, 2009:
I HOPE YOU CAN USE SOME OF MY PICTURES ON YOUR WEBSITE! MC

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen
9 November, 2009:
Hi Could you please let me know what type of spider this is. I live in miami fl on a lake Please don't post these yet. These were shot at night and they are the orignal colors not fixed. Thanks Rick

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

9 November, 2009:
Hello, I found this guy walking in the middle of the street in Beachwood, NJ. On Halloween, no less. I've never seen this kind before. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Brian

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen
9 November, 2009:
Glen: attached are 2 photos of an unknown. Your guess? THanks

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Reply: Thanks, nice shot, click for a close up - glen

9 November, 2009:
Hi Glen, I love your site. It's been a great help to me. I've used it to identify many spiders that are new to me. Here are some photos I thought maybe you'd enjoy. 1st is a picture of a male and female orb weaver mating, 2nd is Black Widow feeding on scorpion. I also have a questionable that I will send in a separate email. Leann

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9 November, 2009:
Hello, I found your site while constantly trying to identify a new resident at our home. I had a very hard time finding anything that identified this spider, so I thought, even though you are half a world away, this may be useful on your site. Thanks m

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Reply: No it's not a wolf spider. This is a garden orb weaver - glen

2 November, 2009:
I found this spider spinning a large web across my front porch in Oceanside, CA. At first I thought it was a wolf spider but reading the on-line info I'm told wolf spiders don't spin webs. Can you help? Please use the photo if you want. Art

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Reply: No it's not a brown recluse. This is a garden orb weaver - glen

24 October, 2009:
Hi, I found your web site and sure seems you have more information than any site I’ve visited. I found this spider yesterday outside on my deck. I was hoping you could tell me what kind it is. I can’t find anything like it on the internet. I was wondering if it is a brown recluse. I live in NY and I know they are in our area. Thanks for any advice, Monica

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver too - glen

16 October, 2009:
Glen, Can you identify this spider? We live in Oswego, NY about 1 mile from the shore of beautiful Lake Ontario.

 

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16 October, 2009:
Dear Glen, Attached you will find pictures of my "pet"spider Charlotte. I found her outside my back door in May of 09. She was there till late August when she died. She was so interesting to watch. She spun an egg sack and all of the babies hatched and ate the large green bug she left them before they were taken by the wind to other locations. Charlotte left them the meal before she died. When she died it took several days. She looked like she was in a rapture and hung by one leg in her nest for several days. I lightly prodded her to determine if she was still alive. She was but seemed like she was in a trance. A big wind storm came up and she left the nest and took refuge in a red table cloth below it. I checked her for 2 days and she was still alive but again seemed like she was drugged. After she finally died the babies hatched and ate and left. I am telling you all of this because I am wondering if she was doing the natural process orif she had accidently bitten herself when she was wrestling with the large green bug she left as a first meal for her babies. Sorry to be so wordy but I am totally fascinated with spiders. Best Wishes, Kathryn

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver too - glen

16 October, 2009:
we live in southwest PA. found this on side of carport. what is it?? cant find any matches on web. can you identify? Tx for your time.

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver and it is  is not considered dangerous - glen

16 October, 2009:
Hi my name is Troy  and I reside in Davison, MI. I am not a fan of spiders nor do I hate them, I recently came across a spider under my canopy on my front porch. I don't see many big spiders up here in Michigan, but this spider has the biggest body and different body color I have ever seen. I have looked over the internet a long time trying to figure out what type it is and where it is normally located, I just can't seem to find out this info. I sent you some photos along with this note to see if you can help since I came along your name while searching and coming up empty. If you can't give any info then could you give me any suggestions as to who would know this information. Thank You!

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver and it is venomous, not poisonous as are all spiders. However the venom of a garden orb weaver is not considered dangerous to humans - glen

16 October, 2009:
Hello, I live just south of Griffin, GA in Lamar County. I have two of the in my yard and was wondering what type of spider this is and if it is poisonous. Thanks, Glen

 

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16 October, 2009:
Here are a couple pics I thought you might enjoy. Cheers, Greg

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Reply: No a brown recluse is as the name suggests, reclusive and usually lives in buildings. It is probably a male orb weaver - glen

14 October, 2009:
Is this spider a brown recluse? I know the large one is an orb weaver but the other one was fighting with it in the web. They were high up in a pine tree. I live in Tustin, CA. More pictures to come as they are large and I couldn't fit more than one on each email.

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

14 October, 2009:
I live in Northern Mn, and have watched this spider all summer. I am having difficulty identifying it. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Alma

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

14 October, 2009:
My friend and I have decided this is an orb spider….. he nearly made me hurt myself getting away! Ha! I live in Capitan, NM (Southwestern NM) He only comes out at night and sits….. this picture is the underneath part of him and that is as close as I care to get his picture. Please verify for me and let me know if he can hurt my cats…. He is in their “treehouse”…… Thank you!

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14 October, 2009:
Found this guy building a good size web on my eve in the Hill Country of Texas. Any idea what it is? Need to know if I should zap it or relocate it. It is above a door so it cannot stay where it is. My wife is having a fit! HELP

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14 October, 2009:
Hi Glen-- I made a video of her if you want to see it!

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

14 October, 2009:
This is outside my window in New York City. Any idea what my new spider friend is? Spider man? LOL! Thanks!

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hi there! I found this little guy down near Price, Utah in August. He was about 1/2 inch wide and 1/4 wide. I found your website when looking up hobo spiders, and was hoping I could get this one identified. Thanks! Ashley

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver, and not dangerous to your dogs - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hi! I was looking at a house to buy in Cedar Hill, TX and saw these enormous webs w/ this spider.....I really like the house, but am very worried about the spiders since I have 5 dogs and do not want them to kill the dogs if they are poisonous. Any help identifying the spiders would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Stephanie

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver, the spots are meant to look like eyes to scare away predators - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hey i saw your info about identifying spiders on your website and thought maybe you could help me. I have looked online to see if i could find a pic of a spider similar to this one but i havent been able to find any. Do you have any idea what this may be? Also i was wondering if the 2 spots on the back of the spider are eyes? They sure look like eyes to me. Thanks for any help you can provide.

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver but not a marbled orb weaver - glen

11 October, 2009:
hello, I was looking through your website trying to identify a spider I found, I thought it might be a marble orb weaver but I'm not sure. I was wondering if you could help me out. Thank you for your time! -Hope

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11 October, 2009:
After searching through your site, which is very informative by the way, I think I got my question answered. She was sitting in the very middle of her huge web this morning, with her legs close to her body. When I got close, she scurried up into the shed and out of sight. So I tossed a leaf in her web to draw her out, it worked. When the light shines through her, her legs look red and white striped. I took a picture of her belly and top side. I am curious what the shape is on her belly or what its purpose is. I am guessing she is a garden orb, but from reading other people's orb pics these are not in Oklahoma. Is this chica far from home? It sure has been fun watching her today. Fun site and thanks megank

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Reply: I doubt you'll have much luck with the orb weaver you brought inside as they only have a limited life span and usually die off come Winter, sorry.  

11 October, 2009:
Hi there, I just found your web site and would love to share some pics of spiders that I have taken recently. Would you like to have them. Found three wonderful orb weaving "Charlotte's" in my yard this summer and have been fascinated with them. Just brought one in the house, in an attempt to keep her till next spring, as I have grown attached to her, and with our freezing weather, was afraid she'd be dead by morning. I'd appreciate any suggestions you have on keeping her alive and well through the winter. Sincerely, Jan

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Reply: It's  a bit hard to tell from the position of the spider in the photo but I think it is a garden orb weaver - glen

10 October, 2009:
Can you please tell me what kind of =east this is?? :( I'm horribly afraid of spiders & ='ve never seen anything like this sucker!! I live in Gale=a, Illinois. Thanks, Nicole

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10 October, 2009:
we live in southwest PA. found this on side of carport. what is it??=br>cant find any matches on web. can you identify?

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5 October, 2009:
Please share these freely with whomever would like them. This one was hanging out on the back of my house - Jesse

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5 October, 2009:
Please share these freely with whomever would like them - Jesse

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Reply: This one is a garden orb weaver   - glen
4 October, 2009:
Hi there, Glen! What a great site! If you have time to spare - or if you don't but still want to track down the name of this one - here's a picture of one of the spiders that has taken up residence all around our house this summer. We live in Maine, USA. I haven't been able to find it in my guide to insects, so I'd guess it's not one of the more common. I'd appreciate any info you have on it. I believe she is laying eggs (right now, and in the photo). Thanks! -sbhamill

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Reply: This one is a garden orb weaver   - glen

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: This is a garden orb weaver too  - glen

3 October, 2009:
Glen: Almost walked into this spider's web as it was stretched across the wood beams on my front porch. It is a beautiful web that is circular in pattern. The spider was pretty patient in letting us try to snap a good photo. I believe it is a garden orb weaver, but I am no expert. What do you think? I live in west Little Rock, Arkansas. It is Sept. 19, 2009. Thanks,

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23 September, 2009:
Hi, just recently found your "spiderzrule" website. Very cool site! I have attached two pictures (Top Side & Under Side) of a spider. I am hoping that you might be able to identify it. We live in Central Ohio. Thank you in advance for your help! Joe

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23 September, 2009:
Hi! this spider appeared in our window some weeks ago (three photos attached). Then a smaller (male?) approached for a day, then we noticed the egg sack, now a couple of new ones (same size) have webs within several feet, but down in the day lilies. Unfortunately did not think to take pics to identify until the exciting stuff (e.g., mating) had passed. Is this an orb weaver? Looks like some of the orb weavers on your site. She's about 30-40mm with legs fully extended. Got as close as I could without disturbing her. But if photos need higher resolution, let me know and I'll try again. Thanks! -Kelly in Milwaukee, WI

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver too  - glen

23 September, 2009:
Just curious if you know what kind of spider this is. It lives in my backyard on the eastern shore of Va. Regards, Dave

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20 September, 2009:
Hello Glen: Here's some new pics of our outside spiders.  1 is our back yard orb weaver. I'm including our shepherd's hooks for reference scale to show you how big his web is. Our front orb weaver is camera shy and went into the pine shrub before I could catch him. Let me know if you can use them for your site. Liz, Tim, Taylor and Gabrielle

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20 September, 2009:
Hi, My mom and I found this spider in our wood pile, protecting a sac of eggs that she had fastened to two pieces of wood. We think she is some sort of orb weaver, but there were no web around where she was. She was VERY protective of the sac and was very fast. We are from Wyoming. Thanks, Taylor and Jennifer

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20 September, 2009:
Hi Glen, I love your site. Thought you might like these pics. The grasshopper was about 2.5-3 inches long. Elizabeth

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver. It could be either laying an egg sac or injured in some way - glen

20 September, 2009:
Hi Glen, We found another interesting one recently. This has striped legs, a bit of a widow-y looking body. This particular one had a yellow globule like sac on its back. Can you tell what it is? “Not dangerous” is also helpful information for my wife who keeps finding brown widows (or so she thinks) around. -w

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8 September, 2009:
Hi I am form South Africa an noticed this spider yesterday, outside under my roof. Sorry for the bad photo but it only come out at night. Overall size including legs and all is about 2 inch diameter. Extremely strong web. Regards Philip

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Reply: This is some sort of orb weaver as well - glen

8 September, 2009:
Glen I have found some pretty different spiders here in Eastern Maine this year. Found two that I was hoping someone could identify. Think one may be a marbled orb and no idea on second one. The one I believe to be marbled orb is about side of fifty cent piece with legs. The white and pink one is about the size of quarter with its legs. Thank you in advance for your time, Janet, Downeast Maine

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Reply: This is some sort of orb weaver but not sure what - glen

8 September, 2009:
Hi Glen: Thanks for your awesome website. I have been able to identify dozens of spiders with the help of the pictures and descriptions you've posted! I can't seem to identify this one. We live in Gainesville, Florida and this guy or gal recently constructed a web in my screened-in porch. It seems like the type of spider I would find in my bushes, not my porch. Thanks! Kathy

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5 September, 2009:
This is what I believe is a arboreal orb weaver found it on my garage and looked it up and found that it does what the spider says it does. Colleen

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5 September, 2009:
I am from Richmond B.C. Canada. This spider (as seen in the attachment photo) landed on my chin while biking today and I took a picture of it after I swiped it off. I usually see the hanging from trees at night around my area. Do you know what it is?

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31 August, 2009:
Hi I lvie in southern Indiana and this spider is outside my home in a tree. It makes a web every night from the tree to the ground. Thanks

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28 August, 2009:
Glen- Hello, I have attached a photo of my newest addition, Bridget Tiger Legs. I do know that she is not a Wolf Spider, but wanted to know if you would be willing to take a look and see if you know what she might be? The photo of her underside is not very good, but I have not had a chance to take another. Sorry, I have no idea who else to ask. Thanks! And thank you for identifying my Wolf Spider Brewno. She is the coolest spider I have ever had and is doing great! Deffinately a female! Thanks! Casey

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28 August, 2009:
Thanks Glen! I felt a bit more confident (and she seems to be less nervous about me photographing her…) and I took the attached photo tonight. (I don't think I'm ever going to get to see her back, because it's always "to the wall" - literally!) This photo is higher resolution than the others, and may be "good enough" for someone to use? (Does she look like a "Marbled Orb Weaver"?) Please feel free to do whatever you would like if this photo will help anyone! Ilona

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28 August, 2009:
We live in central Illinois (USA) and have seen two spiders on our deck--very unusual color. They spin pretty big webs, though they're fairly small (about the size of a coin). They're red with black and white undersides. Can you help us identify what kind of spider they are (and if they're dangerous)? I've attached three photos. Thanks! Mark

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28 August, 2009:
Hello - I found your site while trying to identify a large spider that has made its wed/home outside my front door… She (just a guess!) is about the size of a quarter when spread in the web, and only seems to come out at night. Her web seems unstructured, but very strong, and she retreats under the shakes of my house if I come too close or touch her web while she's in it. I haven't been able to get really good pics, but maybe the included shots here are enough to identify what she is? My 89-year old Mom really doesn't like going past her to get in the front door! (I really don't want to hurt her - maybe relocate her! - but do need to know what I'm dealing with here!) Thanks, Ilona

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23 August, 2009:
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? Thanks!

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23 August, 2009:
Attached: [100_1912.jpg & 100_1912small.jpg] 2x Same picture, "small" is cropped and resized. [100_0231.jpg] is a pic of the spider from last year (presumably the same species, if not the same spider) I live in Northwest Indiana, US and have had the "pleasure" of this spider's company for nearly the entire summer. It is approximately 1" long (not including leg-span) or maybe just barely under 1". I think it is the same spider that has returned for the last 3-4 summers. I'd like to identify it, but have had some trouble. I was thinking either a Brown Widow or Triangulate Cobweb Spider, though the size is not right. Her abdomen is between the size of a dime & a nickel & her leg-span probably doubles her size. Thanks! -Erik

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23 August, 2009:
I am attaching a picture of a spider that I saw in a web on my garage. It was pretty big - 3 inches or so. I am so curious to know what it is. I tried to use some different sites to identify it, but I'm just not seeing anything that looks exactly like this. Can you be of assistance? Thank you, Kathryn

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23 August, 2009:
Thank you so much for your reply. I did get a couple pics of the top view. Perhaps you can give me a little more info with this pic? It appears it is trying to hide/sleep? Would either of these spiders bite me? The are fascinating and scary at the same time. :-) Thanks again, Joe
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21 August, 2009:
I have this spider that puts its web up every night on my deck. I have looked at countless pics on the internet and haven’t been able to identify it. It is at least an inch across and I live in Norfolk, Virginia area. Best regards, Jennifer

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18 August, 2009:
I live in Ireland, and this little creature [not so little] appeared in my garden last year, as i have a lot of kids in my garden quite frequently, I wonder can you identify the little beggar for me? It is a voracious hunter, all the black spiders and the red ones so common here have disappeared, and there are skeletons in webs all over the garden. -- Joe

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6 August, 2009:
Good morning, Here are a few pictures of spiders I took in the parking lot at my job. If you could tell me the types of spiders these are that would be cool. Thank you! John

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6 August, 2009:
My wife and I found this spider hanging in front of our front door and was curious as to what type of spider this is. The pictures we sent do not show color very well, but the upper part of the legs that meets the body are red. We also noticed 2 white dots on the belly along with what seemed to be 2 orange horizontal lines under the 2 white dots. thank you.

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver,   - glen

6 August
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Im in us in cleveland ohio. This spider lives on our padio railing.I just wonderd if you can tell what kind it may be . Thank you for your time.

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver, they hide in leaves during the daytime and come out to make their large orb webs at night  - glen

6 August
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Today I found a spider semi-curled up in a leaf on one of my pear trees in my backyard. At first I wasn't even sure it was a spider. I cut the branch off and put it in a tupperware container so I could bring it inside to look more closely at it and take pictures. It's tan and has a rather large abdomen with pairs of tiny black spots on it. I wasn't even sure it was alive at first because it didn't move at all. (through poking it with a twig...:\) My mom got it to move. It seems like a kind of....scared spider (then again, wouldn't you be scared if you were being poked by a giant with a twig?). I don't think it really likes to move if it doesn't have to. After trying, unsuccessfully, to get out of the container, it curled back up. When it...walks? it's 2 back legs seem to drag. They have lighter tan stripes on them. Oh, and it's hairy.  Thank You, Carson

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver that has had the bad luck to be caught by a mud wasp which has then taken it to its mud nest as paralysed food for its young  - glen

6 August
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Dear Sir.. I found a nest of these spiders on my back porch on the ground level in Tampa, FL USA They were nesting/hatching in what looked like a small tunnel made from dirt/mud. I broke the mud/dirt tunnel and out they fell... Would you be able to help me identify them? I'm worried they may be dangerous.. Thank you in advance Aaron

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver but I can't see the top side to ID it properly  - glen

6 August
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She’s a big one and has taken up residence outside my kitchen window.

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - glen

26 July
, 2009:
Hi, We found this tonight between two trees in our backyard. We live in south florida. Any idea what kind of spider this is? Poinsonous? Thank you, Tiffany

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - glen

26 July
, 2009:
I found this on the side of my house. It had built a web between my Areca palms and I almost walked through it while putting the trash out. I can't seem to figure out what it is from the various online photos. Photos are attached. thanks, Lynette

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - genus Eriophora - glen

13 July
, 2009:
Hi Glen, We found a batch of these and wonder if you might know what they are. The white design on the back is quite nice and sharp. About 6-8 of these tumbled out of a wasp nest that I knocked off an outside wall, north of Houston Texas along the Lake Livingston shores. All of them were alive, soft, different sizes, but all were paralyzed, probably by the wasp that built the nest. We assume she/he put them into the mud nest for future generation of wasps to feast on. Then we noticed a few more live ones under our porch eaves. Thank you, Bronwyn

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver but I can't see the top side to ID it properly  - glen

11 July
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The last photo (spider.jpg) is an orb weaver here, about 15 mm across. Could it be Araneus nordmanii? Thanks for helping a spider ignoramus!

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4 June, 2009:
These spiders are crawling all over our office building. We are in Downtown Buffalo, NY. Our office building is located about a half mile away from the shore of Lake Erie downtown. Is this a wolf spider? Is it dangerous? Thanks for your help, Ron

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4 June, 2009:
Hi Glen, Three pictures of the same nest, but thought you might like to look at them. From the UK. Cheers, Eddie

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10 May, 2009:
Hi there, We live in Melbourne, Victoria and have found an interesting spider living outside our kitchen window. Please forgive the long story but I wanted to at least capture the basics of this interesting saga for you. See pics 071.jpg, 087.jpg & march 09 006.jpg It began in late summer. This spider began making a new web each night the moment the sun went down and seemed to take the web down each morning before sunrise. Every day we had no web at all, just one single “foundation” web, and then come sunset a spectacular perfect circle-like web would be created. We would turn on the outside light and after 15 mins the spider would disappear to his home (Which is in the top right corner of the web, off the web, tucked into the eaves). When the light goes off, he/she is back within 20 mins. After a very successful warm period (10+ catches a night for about a month or 2), our big fat clumsy looking spider became slower with his/her routine and began fixing the web each day, rather than replacing it. Soon after this (temps began dropping quite a bit at night) he/she didn’t even turn up each night. In fact it would spend the day sleeping in sight (just outside the top corner of the web) and then disappear when the sun went down. Maybe 2 weeks of this routine occurred and then it stopped coming altogether. For the first time we had the same web there every day for about a week or two. I was sad as I thought it had gone to die. See pics 002.jpg, 003.jpg & 006.jpg Last week I went outside to find it back. I was overjoyed and began taking some pics. Something was different and I soon realised that this was not the same spider. Or, it was the same spider but it had changed. It had come back with it’s abdomen half the size that it was and all over looked like a brand new spider, absolutely fresher in every aspect (this you should be able to see from the pics). The abdomen is now flat rather than bulbous for one thing. Being so cold these evenings, there are no moths around and the catching has really been very slow for this spider. After 2 nights of being back I went outside to find his/her web has become 3 – 5 times the size it used to be. It is huge now. I’m talking about 1m by 1m now and it is starting to encroach on where we might walk. I understand this is necessary to increase it chances of catching something. I write as I am VERY interested in ascertaining whether this is a unique spider, common spider or venomous spider. The REAL issue is that I am married and my wife is beginning to talk about removing it. The dog we have could almost get stuck in the web now!!(joke, but she thinks this is the case). Can you tell me it is harmless? I guess I am in luck as it would have to be me who removes it and I am not removing it until I find out it is venomous. Uninformed friends have suggested it is an orb spider and looking online it seems this might be true but I really need someone to help identify it. Any advice would be much appreciated. Did it have babies? Change its shell? Attached are the images, I have left some at large sizes so you have a bit more freedom in viewing. I am no photographer. Thanks for reading, I am loving the nature doco happening in my backyard. David

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.  - glen

5 May, 2009:
I live in Binghamton, NY and found this spider on my sliding glass door tonight. Could you please tell me what kid of spider it is? Thank you, Karen

 

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Reply: Nice photos Cathy- glen
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14 April, 2009:
Smile, you can disregard the pug at the end but I did want to show you the two spider shots. Cathy

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Reply: No it is a garden orb weaver and not dangerous.  - glen

18 March, 2009:
hey!! first of all I love your website, there's some really cool pics etc on there! iv learnt a ton too! my question is, can you identify this spider? it sets up a web at night time outside my window, and by the morning the web and spider are gone. then at night time again, the spider is back with a different web. this has been going on for months (since before Christmas!) I don't know what kind of spider it is and whether or not its venomous. i live in Perth, western Australia. any help would be appreciated!!

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Reply: No it's not a wolf spider, it is a garden orb weaver.  - glen

12 March, 2009:
Hi there, Have you any idea what this might be? Someone I spoke to when I was there said it may be a Wolf spider. kind regards, Neil

 

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Reply: Yes it is a garden orb weaver. I can't see the top of its abdomen to tell exactly what species - I suspect it could be a shamrock orb weaver or araneus diadematus. - glen

13 February, 2009:
Hello glen, my friend just sent me this fantastic picture of whati think is a garden orb weaving spider. But that's just a guess. What do you think?

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Reply: This is some sort of orb weaver but I'm not sure which one - glen
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January, 2009:
Hi Glen! I took these spider photos in Zihuatanejo, Mexico this month and was wondering if you might be able to identify it. It was a pretty good sized spider (maybe two or three inches in diameter) including his/her legs. It was on a mountain above the ocean bay. I've looked at a lot of spider sites and haven't seen anything like it yet. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for your help. Paul

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27 January, 2009:
Hi Glenda, Thanks for the ID's. I've attached a sequence showing the Garden Orb Weaver you identified for me, capturing, subduing, wrapping and dispensing with a bee. Thanks again for your expertise. jon i

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Reply: The first one was this one - a garden orb weaver. The 2nd one was a jumping spider. More photos of this spider above - glen
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January, 2009:
Thanks for the cool site. I teach Biology and was happy to find it. Do you know what species are shown in the other 2 pictures I've attached? (they may be the same type of spider, found on 2 different occasions - both time on my garage wall) jon i san marino high biology

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14 January, 2009:  
Hello, This is some photos of a some what large spider that is living in my back yard in Melbourne. It’s web is quite close to where my children play should I worry? What kind of a spider is it? Thanks Kat.

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7 January, 2009:  
Hi there, I was in my back yard last night taking some washing in off the line and I noticed this crazy looking spider. Was wondering if you knew what sort it was an is it venomous? thanks Matt

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7 January, 2009:  
Hi, Just thought I would submit a few photos I took, if you want them. One is a garden spider, one is what I think is a barn spider rolling up an insect for dinner, and the other is the strange "house" the barn spider lived in. It actually carried the rolled up insect up the web into this structure and disappeared inside. Bronwyn, Luray, Virginia Click for a larger view

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3 January, 2009:
Hi, My name is Matt and I have a rather neat set of spider photos that I took from a spider that hitched a ride on my bumper. I have never seen one quite like this, and was curious if you could identify it. I have included the pictures, they are somewhat large. Please let me know if you cannot receive that, I will resend them. Just curious as to what kind of spider, and if we should be scared of it or not (poisonous, etc). Thanks in advance! Matt

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