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Spider Photos - Venusta Orchard Weavers

Leucauge is a species of spiders related to Long Jawed Orb Weavers (Tetragnathidae). They are usually found in warmer areas. There are several varieties in this species - Leucauge venusta, Leucauge dromedaria (known as the silver or horizontal orb weaver,  and Leucauge celebesiana.  Here's some photos of Venusta Orchard Spiders (Leucauge venusta) and others in this species. The Venusta Orchard Spider, whose Latin name venusta means beautiful, is a small (7mm) orbweaver. The Venusta Orchard Spider (Leucauge) spider has bright green and silvery-white markings on its body. Some specimens have yellow, orange, or reddish markings. Males are half the size of females. They carry their egg-shaped abdomens high. The legs are very long.  This spider lives in open, light areas, on one foot-wide orb webs built on trees and shrubs. They are not considered harmful to humans. Please choose a section below for more spiders.
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Hi Glen, Just to let you know that I have just received a reply from the Spider Club of South Africa and they believe this to be juvenile Leucauge thomeensis, but it is a guess as they say it is hard to identify juveniles as I am sure you know yourself. If I get any further responses I will let you know and in the meantime I shall hopefully watch this little thing grow up and see what it turns into! Best regards, Claire

5 December, 2014:
Hi, Firstly, love your site and it has already helped me identify a couple of spiders I have found in my garden. But this one is really bugging me and I cannot work out what it could be... Orchard spider?? The spider is tiny only a few mm long and has a fairly large , low down web with no centre to it that I can tell. It s in a dark, leafy area against a wall. The location is Western Cape in South Africa in a forested part of the area. I hope this helps you help me! Many thanks, Claire

VENUSTA ORCHARD SPIDERS

18 January, 2015:
 
Hay there, My dad found this spider in the backyard. I googled it and the closes thing to it was the CandyStrip Spider. If you can let me know what kind it is I would appreciate it. ChandrŤ Ehrlich

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5 December, 2014:
Glen, Here's some pictures of the webbing. Let me know if it changes your identification of this spider as a venusta. I know the spider pictures weren't that great, but these webs are pretty cool. Feel free to use any of the pictures I sent you on your site. If you do use them, would you please send me a link of it so I can share my published spider photos with my friends? Thanks for all you help, Ian

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5 December, 2014:
hi i have two more spiders for you to id here. i found the brown colored one  in the hallway but it looks a lot like a jewel spider in shape but i've never heard of those being inside someones house and it wasn't in a web like all the others i've seen. the brighter colored one i think is a specie of orb weaver but i'm interested in finding out what type of weaver it might be, my family are all scared of them because it looks venemous to them. i've really seen the little weavers here all over the place. can't go into the woods without running into a few but never knew what they were

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5 December, 2014:
 
Hello any ideas what this spider is?
Sincerely
Mike

I found this one in a clients garden also have spectacular footage on video of it weaving its web

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5 December, 2014:
Found two of these at different houses this week. Very cool spider and webs. Went to your site to ID them. Venusta Orchards I guess right? Thanks for the coolest site I've seen. Sorry only a cell phone pic. Not a photographer.

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22 March, 2014:
I found your web site and love it! I am an attorney who fancies himself a spider-friendly amateur photographer. I have plenty of shots of spiders in my home and garden (in south Houston). Let me know if you are interested in seeing more of them. You can use these however you like. I took all the pictures with a Nikon D3000. (Sometimes I use a magnifying glass in front of my lens to cheat and get macro-like shots).
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24 December, 2013:
Hi Glen, Just found your site while trying to find more information about this beautiful spider. I found this spider outside my doorway in Pennsville, NJ. I'm 99% sure it's a venusta orchard spider, so here's a photo to add to that section. Thanks for the great website, Alyse

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24 December, 2013:
Hi, This spider was found 09/15/2013 in a web made in the corner of my deck fence in open sunlight in Diamondhead, Mississippi USA (where Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005) My husband thought it is a brown widow, I say no way. I went out to look at it and the first think I noticed was bright green and orange reflective quality about the spider. I can only see it from its underside. Hopefully it will turn around and I can get a photo of the top. The spider has many love bugs in its web. I will try to get other angles of it if it moves. Thanks, Terrii

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4 August, 2013:
Here's a Venusta Orchard. Best, Andrew

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4 August, 2013:
Here are some pictures of an orb spider and some webs I found in my backyard. Is it possible for one spider to do all of this? Thank you, Ruthi

 

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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 August, 2013:
I have this outside my door and can't find out what type of spider it is. Any idea? Thanks!

 

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4 August, 2013:
Please help identify

 

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26 August, 2012:
Glen, Here are some of the venusta orchard spiders  i seen today, they have some very nice colours and this forest we go to is infested with them. Casey

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13 July, 2012:
I emailed about this spider a few weeks ago but didnít hear anything back. Iím hoping that with the picture attached, you might be able to identify it and get back to me. Iím dying of curiousity to see what it is! The spider was hanging from a tree in OHIOPYLE park in Pennsylvania. It dropped to the ground and stayed still long enough for this photo. I blew it up as much as I could. Itís a pretty clear picture of it from above. In reality, it was only about an inch long. Thanks! Kara in Tampa

 

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29 June, 2012:
okay heres a jpeg of the image attached. let me know what you think and if and when you put it up
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Reply: This is a venusta orchard spider - glen

25 June, 2012:
Hi Glen-- I finally have another beautiful spider to keep tabs on outside of my house (the last one was Rhoda, the spined micrathena, and that was 2 years ago!). I found this little thing in a nice little web he wove above my front ivy beds. I've named him Vance. I apologize that the picture of his underside isn't as clear as the top picture, but he is nearly impossible to photograph because he's in such an inaccessible spot. He's a beauty! Cheers-- Andrea

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Reply: This is not a funnel weaver, this is a venusta orchard spider - glen

19 June, 2012:
Hey Glen! I sent you some pictures of a funnel weaver a while back... well I believe this is the same one, just more matured. I was able to get some better pictures of it. Its the most colorful spider I've ever seen! The first one was taken from underneath the web and the second, from above the web. It kept the rear part of its abdomen in that hole, directly in the middle of its web, at all times ( that is until its unlucky dinner happened to get stuck in one of its 4 different webs... Each one on top of the other.) -Meg

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19 June, 2012:
Venusta Orchard Spider?  - Yes

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19 June, 2012:
Hello, it's been awhile Got a new SLR camera and got some photos, one surprised me as it is a Orchard Weaver variety. He was very pretty, though lucky he was small. My fiance's brother thought he was a black widow and wanted to kill him but he couldnt find the tiny guy so he is safe :) the other is a jumping spider variety (not sure which) one is a daring jumping spider (i love these guys, they have so much personality and are just adorable...) the other i am not sure what he is, i am still browsing the site to ID him also, I just watched Myth Busters, thankfully it's nice to know the myth about the daddy long legs is just that, a MYTH :D but they still give me the heebie jeebies.... all them legs thanks again :D Casey

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31 May, 2012:
Hi again! I've got another mystery spider for you! I found this little guy in our back yard, once agin, near Knoxville TN. The photo is of the underside of the spider. I wish I could have taken a picture of the the top of it, but this little booger was fast! I think it might be a funnel weaver? But I've never seen a funnel weaver like this, it had such bright colors! Its web had several layers to it... If I startled it in any way, it would scurry down to one of the lower layers, faster than I've ever seen a spider move! Thanks again Glen! -Meg

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Reply: The mud wasp as caught these spiders, paralysed them and stored them as food for their larvae - glen

12 April, 2012:
Hi Glen. I found your site trying to find out more about what I found yesterday in our outside kitchen in Phuket Thailand. I am pretty sure these are Silver Orb Spiders, but what were they doing in a mudwasp nest. I found a nest the day before on the same place ( on the middle of the floor) and when I found this one I identified the Silver Orb lying next to it. When I turned it around I found many more all lined up nicely. What happened here?

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26 February, 2012:
This is in my back yard in Florida. It has stayed in one place for a few weeks. It is gorgeous.

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Reply: No its a venusta orchard spider - glen

16 October, 2011:
I found this out in the bamboo. People keep saying it's a black widow but I didn't think they were shaped like this. Can you tell what they are?

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16 October, 2011:
Hello, My friends and I went on a trip to Gatlinburg, TN and we saw this little guy hanging out outside our cabin. What do you think?

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12 July, 2011:
Google brought me to your site while trying to ID the Venusta Orchard I photgraphed on my front porch over the weekend.. Enjoy Thank you, Allen

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29 April, 2011:
What kind of spider is this?

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6 April, 2011:
Here's the Venusta Orchard spider. My downsized photos are 800x. I have others that I will gladly submit at another time. Jerry

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Reply: That's great to hear that my site has helped you overcome your fear of spiders!!

!13 March, 2011:
Hi Glen! Years ago, I was so afraid of spiders I would probably say I was a borderline agoraphobic. But, we live on the east coast of South Florida and seeing a spider is almost a daily occurrence for us. When we moved into our house, my husband convinced me that killing a spider in your home was bad luck unless it was a danger to you or your family. Plus we have a daughter who is now 7 years old and I did not want to pass on my fears to her. So I found your website and my fear has turned into a complete fascination. Back in 2005 I sent photos of a huntsman to you. We found it after one of the hurricanes in 2005 clinging to one of our screens. This time I have attached a number of photos. The other photo is of a spider I found outside of our screens and it had a massive web. I haven't had time to really look it up, but I think the photo is pretty cool. Feel free to use any of the photos as you'd like. If you know what the second spider is, I'd love to know. Thank you for all the work you put into your site! All the best! Sandy

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12 December, 2010:
Hi Glen, My 5 year old son Guillame found this spider this morning (he loves bugs of all kinds!) Thanks to your website we were able to figure out that it is an orchard spider. He thought we should send you a picture to add to your website. :-) Kate

 

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24 September, 2010:
Can you identify this spider for me?

 

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24 September, 2010:
Attached is a spider that we have seen around the house. We have lots of Brown Widows! Male Brown widow?? thanks, John

 

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11 September, 2010:
I have not seen any with these colors. Do you know what it is? From Chicago, Illinois

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10 September, 2010:
Here are some pictures of an Orchard Spider here in Charleston, SC. Regards, Mike

 

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5 July, 2010:
I snapped some photos of this beauty who is kind enough to be guarding my tomato plants.

 

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28 June, 2010:
Good morning. I found a web with this couple on it. Could you let me know how cautious should I be. Are they dangerous? Thanks Ivan

 

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17 June, 2010:
Hello Glen, Love your site. It has helped in ID'ing some of the spiders I've photographed. I'm attaching - An argiope having lunch. - A black widow - Maybe a wolf spider. It was really enormous. It was larger than a sparrow. It would have been good to have positioned a ruler or something near the beast, but I wasn't going to get that close to it. - An unknown spider Cheers, George, New Jersey, USA
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10 June, 2010:
Hi, my wife and I found this spider by our deck in Maryland. We were wondering if you know what t is. Thanks, Chris

 

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10 June, 2010:
Found this fellow in my back yard.... Thomasville, NC 6/4/10 Would love to know what it is. Thanks Linda A

 

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Reply: Looks like a Venusta Orchard spider - glen

10 June, 2010:
Hi! Name is Rose and I live in Clearwater, Fl. This critter was spinning by my fence. I can't tell what kind it is from just one pic, can you? Thanks!

 

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Reply: Yes, it looks like a Venusta Orchard spider - glen

2 November, 2009:
Can you confirm? Thanks! Beth

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16 October, 2009:
Hi, I just recently found your outstanding website while looking for information on what I believe to be a shamrock orbweaver that my cousin had asked me to identify. I took these photos a couple of years ago of a spider that was in my back yard. I see that you already have several photos of orchard orbweaver spiders but if you like the ones I'm sending feel free to use them how you like. I don't know what size is useful so I'm sending them 1280x960. (resize at will)
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Reply: This looks like a Venusta Orchard spider not a widow spider - glen

14 October, 2009:
Hello, I live in north Florida and I have these spiders along with brown widows around my yard. I have identified the brown widows but not sure if these are male black widows. I have only found one female black widow in the yard and that was several years ago. Thanks for your help. Elaine

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10 September, 2009:
Hello Glen, Found your site while searching for pictures of similar spiders to compare with ours. We live in Fort Collins, CO and found this baby hanging out in the middle of his elaborate web in the middle of our barzebo. Didn't get photos of his belly, but it kinda looks like a Ventura Orchard to me. Post if you'd like. Thanks, Rebecca & Scott

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29 June, 2009:
Thought you could add these to your site. Just credit me please! Thanks, Jason Tripp Seminole, Florida

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5 June, 2009:
Hi Rick, My wife and I were at Disney's Animal Kingdom and I saw a spot of orange between two leaves of a corn plant. I have a new Zeiss long lens with macro so I snapped a couple of pictures of what appears to be a beautiful webweaver(size indicates male) about an inch from legtip to legtip. I've attached the pic, or pics, to this email in hopes you might help with identification. William L(Larry), Sebring FL

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30 September,  2008:
Hi Glen, Hope you get the pics now Liz

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24 August,  2008:
Hi Glen,here're some photos of this Orchard Orbweavers in my patio thanks for you help. Ciao Renzo

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29 June, 2008:
Hi Glen, I am sending you three pictures of what looks like some kind of Orchard Spider.

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17 May 2008:
Hey Glen! I find this little spider in my sago palm every year.  Itís hard to get a good shot of him because he blends in but his undermarkings appear to make a smiley face of sorts that glows.  Any idea what type of spider this is?  Poisonous or Non? Thanks! Sheila

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Reply: This is not a dangerous spider so there was no need to kill it. I don't advocate killing any spiders. It's a good idea to just leave them alone. As my 2 and a half year old grandson says, "Spiders don't bite if you don't annoy them!"  Also spiders are venomous not poisonous.

9 March, 2008:
Hello Glen. I found this spider in Houston, TX. It started off with a black abdomen with a smiley face in red, then I sprayed it with spider poison to subdue it and it swole itself up and changed colors and tilted it's abdomen to a different position. The attached pictures are how it ended up after it was sprayed and died. It resembled a black widow, but didnít have an hour glass. It distinctly had the lips of a smile and two red eyes on the top of itís abdomen. Is it poisonous? Don

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