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Spider Photos -  Tropical Orbweaver

Here's some photos of Tropical Orb Weavers.   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/24094/bgimage
Tropical Orb Weavers, Eriophora, are a group of orb weavers found in tropical areas of the world, and therefore given the name tropical orbweavers to distinguish them from other species in the Araneidae family. Eriophora ravilla and Eriophora edax are the only documented species found in the United States. E. Ravilla lives along the Gulf Coast states, with a large presence in Florida and the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. E. edax has a smaller presence in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the southern areas of Arizona and California. Both species are described as having a pointed abdomen (with various colors) and banded legs. Specimens range from those with a green patch on the abdomen which are usually E. Ravilla to all reddish specimens that highlights the pointed redish-brown abdomen with white hairs and banded legs. The identification of Eriophora is tentative. Eriophora species tend to be night hunters, building their webs at night and retreating to rest on leafs during the day. Their webs are fairly sturdy and a Eriophora fulitgine has been photographed with a web that trapped a bat.

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6 September, 2014:
Good morning Attached is a photo of a very large spider that was in my sisters front yard the other night. She live in Satellite Beach Florida (close to Cocoa Beach Florida), and we have never seen this type of spider. The color is washed a little because the photo was taken at night. This thing created a web about 10’ across in a very short time. Any chance you can help identify was type of spider this could be? Thanks Jeff

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15 August, 2014:
Hello, I was outside with my husband and kids when we noticed a huge Web from our fence to a tree, my husband caught this spider and I just would like to know what kind it is and if harmful? I live on the East coast of Florida by the Kennedy Space Center.

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10 July, 2014:
Attached is a spider that we found in our backyard. We live in Florida. I haven't been able to identify this spider yet. Can you help? Thank you.

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10 July, 2014:
Found in Houston Texas. In the drivers cab of a garbage truck.

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10 July, 2014:
Rusty brown quarter size spider with a light tan white spot diamond in the back ,, never seen it around my house ,, I live in Brownsville Texas ,, would like to know

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19 June, 2014:
Good afternoon, I am hoping you can help me identify this spider. I have looked for hours online and can not seem to find a picture of a spider that has the same distinct diamond shape on it's back. I have included two pictures of it's back and one picture of it's underside. I hope they are clear enough for you. It's body measures 1/2" - 3/4" and it's legs measure 3/4" - 1". I found it outside my home in Pearland, TX (approximately 10 miles south of Houston). It was on a single long strand of web which was quite strong. I appreciate your time and look forward to your response. With kind regards, Haley

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Reply: This is a tropical  orb weaver- glen

19 June, 2014:
I was wondering if you could help me identify this spider out in central west coast Florida.

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1 April, 2014:
Hello, I was wondering if you coul help me identifying this beautiful spider that lives on the other side (luckily) of my window. I live in Cancun, Mexico… there are all kinds of insects and spiders out there of course hence the warm tropical weather. Great site you got here BTW! Thank you! Luis

Great photos, click for a larger image.

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1 April, 2014:
We found this adult thumb sized bugger on a hill in Santiago, Oaxaca, Mexico. Hanging from a tree, waiting to eat a raccoon or small child.

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10 February, 2014:
Don't know what kind of spider these are

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21 October,  2013:
I came across this spider at work this morning. Location is Liberty Texas about an hour outside Houston. Haven't seen one like it before and no luck on internet thus far. Just curious as to what kind it is. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Reply: Maybe a tropical orb weaver- glen

26 August, 2013:
Hi Glen, I stumbled across your site and I really like it. I came across this guy on my carport here in Georgia. I thought I would take some pictures and I was amazed at how spiny (hairy) the legs and abdomen are, much more than without magnification. Thanks, Steve L.

Click for a larger view

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

26 August, 2013:
Dear Glen, Thank you for all the information you provide on your website. Your contributions to the universe are priceless. I encountered the awesome spider below in the jungle about 5 mi N of a small pueblo, San Pancho, over a period of 3 days before it relocated. During the day, it slept all curled up in a washcloth it claimed. The cloth hung on a rope railing around a large platform built high on concrete pillars in the jungle, about 2/3 of the way from the jungle floor up to the canopy. In the afternoon, it would begin repairing/ constructing a large web. The web attached to the railing & an adjacent tree. I was fortunate to capture it at night ensnaring an insect & injecting the insect with venom. My hope is that you will easily identify this beauty because I caught it at almost every angle possible. My name is Ruth and I live on an island in the tropics & have the pleasure of photographing spiders daily! Have a marvelous remainder of the weekend. Cheers, Ruth

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Reply: Maybe a tropical orb weaver- glen

26 August, 2013:
Hello, I'm hoping you can help with a spider ID. Photo taken yesterday in San Diego, CA on a tomato plant. Many thanks and best regards, Lynn

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Reply: Maybe a tropical orb weaver- glen

26 August, 2013:
Can you tell me what this is please

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

26 August, 2013:
I live in Virginia Beach, VA. This gal/guy has been living in a hole under my driver's side mirror for about a week. I caught and photographed it and can't find anything quite like it. It has two yellowish dots on it's abdomen horizontally. I have lots of photos but this one is my favorite. -- Teresa

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

26 August, 2013:
I live in North Mississippi. This spider had weaved a very large and strong web on a pick-up truck from the mirror to the bottom of the door. It seemed to be hiding behind the mirror in the casing. Can you identify it? Thank you. Mary

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

26 August, 2013:
Spider

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

13 April, 2013:
Hi Glen, This spider was found hiding inside my t-shirt while it was on my bed. I live South of Boca Raton, FL close to the Everglades. I included one cropped picture in hopes that it might help. My family and I are very curious what type of spider it is and is it poisonous. Thank you for your time. Drew

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

1 April, 2013:
To whom it may concern, Will you please identify this spider ? He/she built the web above my garbage can and I was scared to open it. I live in Louisiana. Thanks in advance Markus

Click for a larger view.

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

1 April, 2013:
My friend Gary posted a lovely photo of an orb weaving spider he saw in his yard today. I can't find a picture of a similar spider on the web, but he thinks it is a Tropical orb weaver. It was taken In the San Ignacio/Santa Elena area in Belize, Central America. Would you kindly review the great photo he took of this beautiful spider. We would very much appreciate your expert opinion. Thank you for any assistance you can give. Here's the photo of the spider. Sorry, I thought I had attached it. Thanks! Reggie

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver- glen

2 July, 2012:
was wondering if you know what kind of spider this is, it make a noise if you get to close to it , bigger than a quarter, and rebuilds its wed every night

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver of some sort - glen

27 June, 2012:
Hi, I am wonder what kind of spider this is. I live in a wooded area in Spring, Texas. Thanks.

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver - glen

25 June, 2012:
I live in South Carolina, USA and found this spider on my doorway. I used the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and spiders. I could not identify this spider. Thank you for your help. Beverly

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Reply: Looks like a tropical orb weaver of some sort - glen

19 June, 2012:
I'm pretty sure that this is a triangle orb weaver.

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Reply: This is a tropical orb weaver, more nice closeups - glen

8 December, 2011:
is this an orb weaver??????? thanks J

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Reply: This is a tropical orb weaver called eriphora ravilla - glen

23 December, 2011:
Glen, I found this spider hanging on a web in my backyard a couple nights ago. I think it might be an orb weaver, but I'm not sure. I'm close to Houston, TX. Could you please identify this for me? Thanks, Michelle.
 

 

 
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Reply: What a great shot of this garden orb weaver - glen

14 November, 2011:
I’m not sure how to post pictures, so a decide to send this pick to you to see if you can help. I leaving in Costa Rica Central America and found this spider on my backyard, by the picture could you identify this one? Thank you, Gus

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - glen

22 October, 2011:
I live in Monmouth County, NJ. This guy, and a few of his relatives, have taken up residency on my porch. While I am beyond terrified of spiders, I won't kill them because I know they are important to the ecosystem. Besides, they seem to eat some of the stink bugs. Still, Iwish they'd move to someone else's house. Do they bite? PS: Even though I was scared, I shot a pretty good video of this fella spinning up a stink bug. Though my skin crawled as he spewed his web and spun his prey, it was kinda fascinating. Thanks for your input. Gina

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Reply: This is a tropical orb weaver -  eriphora ravilla - glen

3 September, 2011:
Could you tell me what kind it is? Live in Florida. Thanks

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Reply: This is a tropical orb weaver, -  eriphora ravilla  - nice closeup  too- glen

26 August, 2011:
Found this big boy with a web 1/2 across my garage door, needless to say it gave me quite a start. I believe it is some type of Orb spider, not 100% sure.
Thank you
Shel,
Palmetto Florida.

Click for a larger view

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

13 August, 2011:
Glen, Based on the size of the web, and that it was dark I figured it was just a typical orb weaver. Living on the east coast of Florida, I see them all the time. But never one with this much color. Help appreciated! -- -Taylor

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Reply: These are garden orb weavers and harmless  - glen
11 July, 2011:
There are a couple of these spiders in my backyard, every night they move around to a different place and spin huge webs. I'm trying to find out what kind of spider it is and if it is poisonous! btw, this is in south florida, not sure where ur located I appreciate your help Raechel

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19 May, 2011:
Hi, can you tell me what this spider is?? I live in Florida. Thank you!!! Angie

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Reply: It's a tropical orb weaver and not dangerous- glen

12 April, 2011:
I was hoping to identify this spider hanging around outside my front door. Her back end is the size of a dime. She is on a large web. I live in Mississippi and the photo was taken Friday, April 8th. Thanks, Beth

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10 September, 2010:
Hi Glen, I have a photo from a friend here. I thought you might be able to help identify it. Its a great picture, but only of the top view. She lives in the southern tip of Indiana. It has a very distinct orange color. Hope you can help. Thanks, Laura

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10 September, 2010:
His belly was perhaps half an inch in diameter. Total length maybe 1.25 – 1.5 inches. Feel free to use however you’d like. Carlos

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6 September, 2010:
This sucker was crawling on me tonight in my bed. Not sure it was not brought in from outside on dog though. We live in Central FL. His body is about 3/4" long, very long legs -probably about 2- 2 1/2" span. Would appreciate any help in identifying.
Thank you!! Tonya

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4 September, 2010:
Hi, there – I always come to your spider site when I need to identify someone... Thanks for having it up; it's always nice to have when I'm concerned about a house or yard "guest." My boyfriend has a couple of these guys in his backyard - at first they weren't a big deal, but now one of them (affectionately names Shelob) is approx. 3" from leg-to-leg. I think they're just garden orb weavers, but I'd love confirmation... I don't want to be overlooking something potentially dangerous. Hope the pictures help – she only comes out at night to make her nightly web (more confirmation of my theory, I think) so the pics are a little blown out by the flash. Please let me know what you can, Thanks so much! ~emma

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8 August, 2010:
This spider has been out by our driveway for the last two nights...The web was gone in the day but back up at night....about as big a 50 cent piece including the legs...Also looks like yellow dots on it underbelly...very jumpy and aware

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Reply from Bryan: Glen, I was browsing through your website and noticed you were having problems identifying a type of Orb Weaver spider that has a green marking on it's back. I believe this spider is called a Tropical Orb Weaver or Eriphora Ravilla. I thought you might be interested in this information. Here is a link that I ran across which describes it: http://greennature.com/gallery/spider-pictures/tropical-orbweaver.html Thanks, Bryan

Reply: Here's another one with that green colour on its abdomen - glen

1 August, 2010:
We found this spider in an avacado tree in Miami, Florida, but can't find it in any spider guides. It would be great if you could ID it. It's approximately 1 cm in length and and has orange/red hairy legs and a dimpled bright green back. The underside is rather plain orange/red. Thank You! Adrian

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31 July, 2010:
Dear Glen, I found you website online, searching for help. We have had a new visitor to our front etrance. It is rather big, fits in the palm of our hand. It does not have the specifics described on your great and informative website, of the banana spider, different legs and body shape. I was unable to find any spider on your site similar to the attached pictures. We like to let all animals live within their chosen environments, however, my wife has a spider phobia and I may have to “move it” somewhere else. Can you assist in identifying the attached. Thank you kindly, J.R.

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31 July, 2010:
So much help needed..Could you make an educated guese on what type of spider this is..? it is brown and slightly hairy thanks so much Greg

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Reply from Bryan: Glen, I was browsing through your website and noticed you were having problems identifying a type of Orb Weaver spider that has a green marking on it's back. I believe this spider is called a Tropical Orb Weaver or Eriphora Ravilla. I thought you might be interested in this information. Here is a link that I ran across which describes it: http://greennature.com/gallery/spider-pictures/tropical-orbweaver.html Thanks, Bryan

Reply: This looks like a garden orb weaver, but I've never seen one with that green colour on its abdomen - glen

23 July, 2010:
Hi, I'm not sure if this is where I'm suppose to send these, but my brother-in-law found this floating in his pool and we were wondering what it was. Thanks, Meegan

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Reply: It looks more like Tropical Orb Weaver (Eriophora ravilla) - glen

 

7 July, 2010:
See attached I think this is part of redfemured spotted orbweaver family but want to make sure because I have not seen one of these before. Thank you

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22 June, 2010:
Found in Groves, Texas Thanks, Baja

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Reply: This is a tropical orb weaver and not dangerous - glen

21 May, 2010:
Can you please identify this spider? It has made a web outside my house the last 3 nights and always takes it down before sunrise. It has been very interesting to watch. thank you, Beth

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