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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 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 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)
Garden Orb Weavers (4) Garden Orb Weavers (5) Garden Orb Weavers (6)
Garden Orb Weavers (7) Garden Orb Weavers (8) Garden Orb Weavers (9)
Garden Orb Weavers (10) Garden Orb Weavers (11) Garden Orb Weavers (12)
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

GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Unclassified

17 August, 2014:
Wondered if you could tell us what this is; found hanging in a large web outside house on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, about 2-3 inches in size.

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17 August, 2014:
Hi Glen, I took this photo in June 2011 while trekking up a coastal hillside to take landscape photos near Fethiye in Turkey. I nearly walked into the web that stretched about two metres between bushes its body was the size of my thumb and was pretty amazing as it looks like a skull, I have no idea what it is and came across your website while trying to identify it. I hope you can help as it has been a mystery for a while now. Kind regards Simon

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15 August, 2014:
Can you help me identify this spider I found it in my garden and is about the size of a one pound coin. I'm from Failsworth Manchester England . Many thanks

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10 July, 2014:
A friend of mine took this one on a pontoon today. Any idea what it is?

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10 July, 2014:
Hi! I'm afraid she's not an exciting example, but she was in the corner of my screen window. I swear, this picture generated so many comments on facebook! I took this photo before brushing her into a cup and putting her outside. Jill

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

19 June, 2014:
Here is a pic of a spider I found in my tree. Never seen before ,is it dangerous?  

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver- glen

19 June, 2014:
Found in dubai

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Reply: These are garden orb weavers spiderlings- glen

19 June, 2014:
I live in Lincoln City Oregon.. Found this ball of hatchlings this morning.. and I wondered if they are some sort of Crab Spider.. They are light yellow with black markings on the back. They are approx. 1/16 inch across.. Thanks Donna

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Reply: These are garden orb weavers spiderlings- glen

19 June, 2014:
Can you tell me what these are?

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19 June, 2014:
This one is hanging outside of our window (in Virginia) catching beetles left and right, wrapping them up. They way he is hanging, we have a terrific view of the whole process - really cool to watch. He's practically doubled in size in the last week so this back window must be a terrific place for him to eat. I hope you can help us identify it. I can send more pics if it helps, but with a website like yours, you'll probably know what it is immediately. It's large (body is larger than a quarter), and it has two whiteish bumps on its back (almost think they are horns). was thinking orb weaver, but can't find any photos online or search results that talk about two bumps on the back. anyway, here's the pic! Jason

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19 June, 2014:
Found this in my garden before

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Reply: These are garden orb weavers that have been caught by a mud wasp and stored away as food for their  young. The spiders will be either dead or comatose. - glen

19 June, 2014:
hello, maybe you can help me out and identify the these interesting spiders. I Found these in a single mud cocoon on my house live in long island, New York. they have a brown v. On their backs and are speckled Brown. overall body is way but on the underside sides is green also they have hairy legs. I hope the picture is clear enough for you. Thanks for your help. Denise

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Reply: This is  a male garden orb weaver. - glen

19 June, 2014:
Can you help me identify this spider found on the side of our house in Austin, TX? Thanks, Julie

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Reply: This is  a garden orb weaver. - glen

19 June, 2014:
Hi, I found this spider on my porch in Maine, USA. What is it? Thank you! Kaiela

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Reply: This is  probably a male garden orb weaver. - glen

19 June, 2014:
Hi, I've found a few of these huge spiders in my backyard in Maine, USA. They're easily the size of a half dollar. Can you ID it? Thanks, Kaiela

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Reply: Lovely colour!! This is a common spider known as a garden orb weaver. They are venomous as are all spiders but are not considered harmful to us - glen

6 May, 2014:
What kind of spider is this? Found in Hluhluwe (Sand Forest Lodge) by owners. Regards Pam de Jager (visitor)

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Reply: This is a common spider known as a garden orb weaver. - glen

6 May, 2014:
Hello, I live in Florida and I found this little guy outside in my backyard. I know it's a wolf spider, but I was wondering if you might know what specific species it is. Thank you, Katie

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Reply: This is a common spider known as a garden orb weaver. They are venomous as are all spiders but are not considered harmful to us - glen

6 May, 2014:
Dear Sir/Madam, The attached picture was taken in Cape Town, South Africa, It is a  spider that is very common on my property - and since I have kids and  a general love for all things living I don't want to harm either of the 2.  Can you name the spider in the picture and tell me whether it is  poisonous or not? > Additional information:  The spider has some small white markings on its back. > The size of the spider is a few centimetres (2-3) in width and length.  Smallish spider in other words.  Thanks and Regards,  Gawie

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Reply: It is one garden orb weavers and not dangerous -  glen

3 April, 2014:
Hi there, I'm living in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (in a rural area) and spotted this spider weaving outside the rafters of the house. Active especially in the nighttime, seems to be sleeping during the day. Caught a few night time shots... thinking the one with the red triangle might be a different type than the first two? Any ideas what type? Cheers, Sharon

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Reply: It is one garden orb weavers and not dangerous -  glen

2 April, 2014:
Found this guy at Trouts Creek in Jacksonville Fl. Curious to know a bit about him.
Tonya

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Reply: It is one garden orb weavers and not dangerous -  glen

2 April, 2014:
Location North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Can you tell me all about this spider‎?thnx

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Reply:This is a garden orb weaver - glen

13 February, 2014:
Hi there. What kind of spider is this? Its about 8cm or so in length, leg tip to leg tip, creamy white. We are in Inman Valley SA. I looked at several sites and couldnt find what it was.

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Reply: Yes, this is a garden orb weaver - glen

13 February, 2014:
Dear Glen, Fascinating website (http://www.spiderzrule.com/spiderphotos.htm) I snapped a strange spider in Nigeria; see picture. Would you know the name? The other is of a beautiful Golden Orb Weaver spider. Thanks and best regards, Delondiny

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26 January, 2014:
Photo from west central Florida. One of two. Reply with genera and species if possibly. Many thanks

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Reply: Couldn't find a match for this one but definitely an orb weaver - glen

26 January, 2014:
Unidentified spider

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26 January, 2014
Please help identify this one, found on outer cabin wall near northern WI

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Reply: I was going to put this one with the marbled orb weavers but they don't have brown on their abdomen like this one. Could be a Polish version but not sure so will put it on both pages as it is definitely araneus sp. - glen

26 January, 2014:
Hello! Last year I took a picture of a spider with yellow abdomen. Unfortunately I can't find its name anywhere. Maybe you could help me. The picture was taken in Europe, southeastern Poland, countryside Krempna, October 2013. Thank you in advance. Monika

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Many thanks for the reply...Have a look at Neoscona triangular - one of the other ID's I was given.... Cheers

14 December, 2013:
Hello We have recently been inundated with these spiders on our stoep. They seem to be most active during the night and resting up in the day. Can you put a name to this spider..??? We live near Hermanus in the Western Cape. Many thanks. Regards, Guy - Sumner Vredehoek Farm

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Reply: It's a garden orb weaver and she's wrapping up her dinner. - glen

14 December, 2013:
What is this lil fella doing?? Thanks for your help!! Jamie Lee

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14 December, 2013:
Dear Spider expert can u pls tell me what this is, found one crawling up my arm a couple of days ago and another in the garden last night tks v much -- Brgds Mark San Roque (Nr Gibraltar) South Spain

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14 December, 2013:
Found just outside of San Antonio, TX Kimberly

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14 December, 2013:
Spider name

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14 December, 2013:
Iíve tried searching in the internet but i canít seem to find any suggestions. This spider on day appeared after we brought in a new Christmas tree and I live in south Texas. Iím not sure where this tree might be from but the spider came with it. If you have any suggestion please REPLY, I want to know more about this spider with a white line and holes in itís torso.

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10 October, 2013:
This spider was excreting this black ball with little worms in it. It now appears to be eating it. Whatís up with that? Iím in Toronto Canada and itís Oct 9/13.

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Reply: It's a garden orb weaver . Nice pics! - glen

25 September, 2013:
This spider has been hanging out my front door for weeks. Do you know what it is? I live in Smyrna, Georgia. It's a suburb of Atlanta. Thanks! Heidi

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25 September, 2013:
Spider Close Up, Orb Weaver, Wagoner County, Ok,  - Ellen
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Reply: This is a triangle Orbweaver Verrucosa arenata-  glen

25 September, 2013:
Need to know snout this spider. It was found in brilliant , Ohio.

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Reply: It's a garden orb weaver of some sort but I can't see the top view so can't say what for sure. Nic pic though! - glen

25 September, 2013:
Hi, a friend told me about your site, a sweet resource. If you have time I would love to know the name of this spider. You are welcome to the picture if you can use it. Thank you, Don

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25 September, 2013:
I'm usually scared and freaked out by spiders, but about a year and a half ago this lady appeared on our front porch and I was so intrigued by her. I'd sit on the porch and watch her spin her web. She'd spin it every evening and then take it down in the morning just to spin it again the next evening. I tried looking her up before to make sure she wasn't poisonous because I have a small child and I believe she was some kind of garden spider? I'm not sure, but she was huge. Right before she disappeared it looked as if she had an egg sac which you'll see in two of the photos I took. Shortly after noticing what appeared to be some kind of sac she was just gone one day and a smaller spider was there in her place. I was wondering if you could take a look and maybe identify her for me? Also, is it an egg sac that she's hovering over in the picture of her flat? I took some awesome photos just as a moth got caught in her web! It was amazing to watch. I really appreciate your time and would love to get a response about her, thank you! Tonia

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Reply: Unusual to see 2 spiders together like this - glen

25 September, 2013:
Found these two spiders in an old truck on my buddies farm. Not sure what they are. Havnt seen a spider like this in north Dakota before. Can you identify?

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Reply: This is araneus species but not sure of the exact type - glen

25 September, 2013:
Found a few of these in my backyard in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. Can you tell me what this is and if I need to be careful with my children and dog outside. Thank you in advance. Rich

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Anther Reply:
Hi Glen, I enjoy your webpage. I consider myself an amateur entomologist. I saw there was a spider picture that you have up in your garden orb weavers section that is unidentified. Burton Williams sent you the picture. I believe that it is a western spotted orbweaver much like the one in this picture http://bugguide.net/node/view/862695
Just thought I would pass along the information :) Jane  

Reply: It's a garden orb weaver of some sort but not one I'm familiar with - glen

25 September, 2013:
Hi, Glen. Iíve been watch a hummingbird moth (White Lined Sphinx Moth) work my Lavender next to this Spiderís Web. This morning the little moth was caught in the web and the Spider was wrapping it up. Is this an Garden Orb Weaver? You can post it. Burton Williams, Boise

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Reply: It's a garden orb weaver of some sort but not one I've seen before - glen

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Hello, I was wondering if you could help me identify this spider? It was outside my work and I have no idea what kind it is, I live in Southern California. Thank you, Daniel

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25 September,  2013:
This is in my back yard here in Wisconsin, what is it! Craig

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25 September,  2013:
How do I post these shots of this spider I want to know what it is and canít find anything that looks like it.

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25 September,  2013:
Hi I came across your page. I am trying to figure out what kind of spider this is, that has moved onto my porch the past week lol. I live in NE Alabama if that helps. It hides out during the day and comes out every night to build its web. I have to tear it down every morning b/c it builds it right where I have to walk to get off my porch. Any help is appreciated. Thanks Ranae

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25 September,  2013:
I live in Spain and have seen quite a number of these spiders, do you know what species it is? Paul

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25 September,  2013:
This spider lives on my outside light, and we fed him a dragon fly. So that's what he's on... I was just curious as to what kind of spider it is. I tried googling a d I can't match it. He only comes out when it's dark... If that helps any... He's huuuge.

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25 September,  2013:
Hello glen, I live in oakridge Oregon and I found this spider outside a store in the middle of summer so it was a nice hot day. Was wondering if you know what it is and what you could tell me about it. Andrew

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver and not harmful - glen

25 September,  2013:
I found this spider on my porch and was wondering if you can tell me what kind it is and if they're harmful.

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24 June,  2013:
Awesome thanks a lot. Check this one out. I know its an orb weaver but I don't know what kind. You can use this picture it has awesome quality.

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16 June,  2013:
We have a very large (by our standards) spider that has taken up residence in the side area of the house. It is about 3 inches long with a very large abdomen (about an inch). Here is a picture. Thanks - great site!!

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1 April,  2013:
I live in the bay area in San Lorenzo Ca can you tell me what kind of spider this is? Veronica

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1 April,  2013:
Any hints to type of spider? Taken today, in Phoenix, AZ What struck me is the web one day looked orb-like, today its classic random widow like. The spider has made a small funnel to hide within in the middle of the structure. Looking around, seems it is a better match to the Araneae Metepeira species.

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10 March,  2013:
South africa this is what I came across any info would be great thanx
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10 March,  2013:
Hi Glen How are you? I was wondering if you could help me please? I have this spider at home (see picture attached). It's made a rather large web above were I park my car, and it only comes out at night / when its dark. I've been trying to find out what type of spider it is, but I've had no luck, and then I came across your website. Can you help please :) -- Thank you & have a wonderful day Regards Stacey

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10 March,  2013:
Hey Glen, Iím down here in Tampa FL. and this thing spun this web within an hour right outside of my sliding glass door. Never seen a spider like thisÖ any clue. Bobby

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10 March,  2013:
Found on my trash can, in orange ca. It was a grey color, just over a centimeter long, legs and all. And it kept playing dead.

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10 March,  2013:
Orange spider

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