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Spider Photos -  Orbweaver (2013 -2014)

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 easily recognized because of their  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.

Unidentified Spiders 2015 Unidentified Spiders 2014 Unidentified Spiders 2013
Unidentified Spiders 2012 Unidentified Spiders 2011 Unidentified Spiders 2010
Unidentified Spiders 2009 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2009 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2008 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2008 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2007 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2006 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (3)
Unidentified Spiders 2005 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2003 Unidentified Spiders 2002 Unidentified Spiders 2001
Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp 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 Dew Drop Spiders Fishing Spiders
Funnel Web (Aus) Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers
Ghost Spider 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
Red & Black Spiders 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 Tengellid Spiders Trapdoor Spiders
Two Spined Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders
White Tailed Spiders

Widow Spiders

Wolf Spiders
Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders Zoropsis spinimana

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.
     
Garden Orb Weavers (1) Garden Orb Weavers (2) Garden Orb Weavers (3)
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Garden Orb Weavers (10) Garden Orb Weavers (11) Garden Orb Weavers (12)
Garden Orb Weavers (13) Garden Orb Weavers (14)  
  Shamrock Orb Weavers Orb Weaver Spiderlings
Tropical Orb Weavers Marbled Orb Weavers (1)  Marbled Orb Weavers (2)
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 Arabesque Orbweaver
Araneus Cingulatas Green Orb Weavers  

GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Unclassified

5 February, 2015:
Found in our garden today in South West France. Hope you can ID it, Thank you. Janet

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5 February, 2015:
Can u please tell me what kind of spider this is.

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5 February, 2015:
Hi. Any idea on this little fella found in Portugal?

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5 February, 2015:
Hi, just trying to identify this spider I found in my back garden in Spain, you seem like the people who know most. Thanks for any help.

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30 January, 2015:
Hi mate, Hope you've been well, what do you think of this baby (below). I'm going with a orb weaver of some sort, but I cannot find any documentation on the posterial horizontal white/cream line. Eye formation, and that typical waved dorsal pattern tip of the orb for me but no idea what species. What do you think the species might be ? (feel free to use the pics) Thanks. Regards, Brandon. 

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30 January, 2015:
I found this little guy hanging on my front porch a couple of months ago. I didn't see a web anywhere. He just hung there for hours and hours. I've done a lot of web searches but haven't come up with a definite answer as of yet. I would appreciate your ideas. Thank you! Feel free to use the pictures, if you would like.

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30 January, 2015:
Hi, I can across your page from google and wondering if you can tell me what this spider is please. It was found in Wollongong NSW. In this photo it's about the size of a 20 cent coin. Thankyou.

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30 January, 2015:
Dear sir, I would appreciate it if you could identify the spider in the attached picture below.

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30 January, 2015:
Hello... Just trying to make a positive ID on this pretty girl that's posted up between my carport and porch (near the light) - She's saved me from 2 red wasps so far! I enjoyed that... Anyway, I'm an amateur herpetologist and have recently been learning a little about araneae. I am thinking that she's N. crucifera (Spotted Orbweaver)... What say 'ye? Thanks for any help!

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30 January, 2015:
Hi there! I came across this spider near Willow, AK. We were at the little store and this little guy fell from the ceiling onto my aunts hat. She tipped it onto the ice cream cooler. All of us there had never seen one like this before. It would be nice to find out what kind it is. I am guessing it was about an inch and a half wide but that is just a guess. And what are those cone like things on it's butt?! Let me know if you find anything out! Thanks, Katie

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30 January, 2015:
Hello again, I was at the great wall several months ago and found this guy just hanging around the tourist. He was relatively large and didn't seem bothered by all the people around him. Are you able to identify him? Thank you for your time, Garret

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30 January, 2015:
Hello there, Attached is a .zip file of a big bulbous Orb. I love your site! I have taken some pics of this spider on our house up in NH. I tried to find one where the features like the eyes and things were clearest. I hope you can use these. In referencing your site, I concluded that this must be an orb? There were about 5 of these about the same size (huge!) all around my house. Fall had just started and it was getting cold fast so I thought they were trying to warm up. They were so huge but very slow as if they were either old or dying. Use these freely. Of course you have my permission. Darlene Washington NH

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30 January, 2015:
Hello again, I was at the great wall several months ago and found this guy just hanging around the tourist. He was relatively large and didn't seem bothered by all the people around him. Are you able to identify him? Thank you for your time, Garret

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30 January, 2015:
Hi there, I hope you can help me, I couldn't figure out how to post this on the forum, so I'm trying my luck here. Yesterday I put up my christmas tree, it's a pine tree, and this morning I found this spider on my counter, had made himself a nice little home in my tupperware container,so I'm assuming he came in on my christmas tree, I'm fairly certain its a type or garden orb, but I would REALLY like to know for sure and possibly get a positive specific ID? I'm in South Africa, we get plenty of garden orbs around all the time, but I've never seen anything like this guy before, and I've searched the internet flat today but can't find anything. Please help. Kind Regards, Jenna

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Reply: It is an orbweaver (family Araneidae); the species is Pycnacantha tribulus, known as a “hedgehog spider”. Dana

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