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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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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:
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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27 October, 2007:
I found this venusta orchard spider at my house; iím from Managua, Nicaragua in Central America, I saw it and just thought that was the most beautiful spider I have ever seen.
Sheyla, Managua, Nicaragua
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13 October, 2007:
Glen, Here are some photos I took of some Orchard Orbweavers in Pamlico County, North Carolina on October 9-11, 2007. They're very small, but they shine like neon lights among the shadows of the impatiens. They really caught my eye. There were about 6 or 7 scattered throughout the bed.
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2 September, 2007:
I took this today in my yard. I used your site to ID it as an Orchard Spider. Thought maybe you'd like to have the photo since its pretty sharp.
Enjoy!
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14 August, 2007:
Hey! This spider has been living by my front door for the past two or three weeks. It's a really pretty spider, but i cant find it anywhere on the internet. I'm
actually going to college at A&M this next school year so if you can't identify it I'll bring it to someone there and see if they can help me. Thanks,
Brenna (College Station, TX)

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11 August, 2007:
i caught this little guy right next to a huge garden orb weaving spider thanks, melvin , ada oklahoma

these are a lot better enjoy

 

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8 January, 2007:
Hello Can you tell me what kind of a spider this is? We live in Miami Florida and have a 2 year old daughter that loves to go to the backyard and play and we found this spider by her swing set.
Thanks
Maria T Molina

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24 September, 2006:
I have exhausted my field guides and the web, and can't identify this spider. Found in it's web in the woods in coastal South Carolina. I want to say it's some kind of orb weaver, since it was in an orb-like web (hard to see here.)  Any ideas?  Thanks,  Paul P.

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Reply: It is similar in shape to a venusta orchard spider and they can come with orange markings rather than the normal green.

21 August, 2006:
Hi - Found this one in the rosemary bush and didn't see it your collection of images and was just wondering if I missed it.
Sincerely,  Frank in East Tennessee

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29 May, 2006:
I found this spider in our back yard recently and have been unable to find anything like it and weíre wondering what it is exactly. It was found next to our rabbit hutch and we were worried that it might bite her. Anyway, we were just wondering if you know what kind of spider it is. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you for your time. Also, this photo shows more of the underside of the spider and we couldnít get a good shot of the back of it. The areas that appear black in the picture (legs, etc.) were actually a dark green color, though it didnít show too well in the pictures. The spider was about 1 ĹĒ including the legs. Aaron and Amber

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4 April, 2006:
 Here is a picture I took with a Canon Digital Rebel with the stock 18-55m lens. Can you tell me what type of spider it is? Feel free to use the photo as needed. Dave Schuman Tarpon Springs FL

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4 April, 2006:
 I have a few photo's of Spiders would you want to post them on your web site. Here is one. Thanks for your time
Marilyn Villar

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4 January, 2006:
Hi Again. Just want to send you a pick of the orchard spider, and a relative of the orchard spider, a long-jawed orb weaver. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!! Joe Hollner


 long-jawed orb weaver.

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Reply: It looks like a Venusta Orchard Spider.

4 January, 2006:
We took a digital picture of this spider on our fence in South Florida. There seem to be a few of them along the fence. Would you be able to tell me what type of spider this is? Is it dangerous? We have a kids that run barefoot and a dog who runs around the yard. Thank you for any assistance. Susan

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Reply: It looks like a Venusta Orchard Spider.

15 Sept, 2005:
Hi, I Just moved to the woods and the spiders are all over the place. My husband spotted this beauty on the light pole out side. I do not know what the name is either but this is the underside of what Steven Walker 9-6-2005 took. They are very small and quit iradesant in colors.
Bobbi Beasley

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Reply: This is a Venusta Orchard spider.
5 Sept, 2005:
Found this spider in the bushes around the pool cage. It looks somewhat like a widow but the side picture is different. Could you identify it for me? Steven Walker

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Reply: It looks like a Venusta Orchard Spider.

24 July, 2005:
Hey there. i was look around online to identify this spider. i came across  your website. i thought maybe since i had no luck elsewhere you might be  able to help me. I live in metro detroit, Michigan. i was outside painting  my house and i found him. Let me know if you can help. thanks! Curtis

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Reply: Looks like a Venusta Orchard spider.

27 June, 2005:
Hi, like your website. I found this spider in my flower garden in Corpus Christi, tx. the body is about 1/4 to 3/8 in. long and I wasn't able to find anything here that looked like it. Thanks for the help
Joe

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Reply: I think looks like Venusta Orchard Spider too.

25 June, 2005:
Dear Glen, i live in Southeastern Michigan (near Detroit), and while i was in my garden
outside the other day, i spotted this spider (the picture is attatched) on  its web near some tree branches. i snapped some pictures of it and came to  your site to identify it. I thought it might be a Venusta Orchard Spider,  but i didnt know these were in Michigan. The color and markings looks  similar, but the abdomen looks a little smaller than a venustas. So what do  you think? -Emily

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Reply: Looks like a Venusta Orchard spider.

15 June, 2005:
Thanks, Glen.
We saw this little spider near the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia while hiking. Thought it was pretty enough to pose for a  picture. Any help with ID would be greatly appreciated. -Lacey

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Reply: That is a Leucauge species, possibly L. venusta -- an orchard spider. It is harmless - Nathan Hepworth

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June, 2005:
This spider was found in FL and I have been unable to identify. I was hoping someone could help me. I love your website!  These are some more pics of the same spider I asked for identification of. The underside has appearances of being a 'widow' but once I see the top, it doesn't remotely look like one. I am baffled! Catherine

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16 May, 2005:
? neon green and yellow spider  - illinois (near st louis, mo) usa

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Reply: The top spider is a Leucauge species (orchard spider), Nathan Hepworth
14 February, 2005:
hey, i found your site while trying to identify the attached black and yellow arigiope, or St Andrews Cross spider, i'm also sendin some pics from other spiders i've been able to capture here, i live in Colombia, South America. Anyway i hope u can help me identify them as i'm really hoping u can... Thanx a lot guys, great site!

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Reply: It certainly looks like a Venusta Orchard Spider.

14 September, 2004:
Southern Illinois, USA. Discovered this lovely spider at work on my deck. Your site is fabulous!

 

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Reply: It looks like a Venusta Orchard Spider.

29 August
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Hello. My husband found this one day at work crawling out of some vents. I believe it is a small garden spider but I am unsure. I have never seen one with such emerald green legs before and a disporportionate body. Can you help me identify this little guy? Thanks in advance.
Christy from Missouri

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