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Spider Photos - Orbweaver (2005)

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/1977/bgpage?from=5
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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 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 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 Trapdoor Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders
Wandering Spiders

White Tailed Spiders

Widow Spiders
Wolf Spiders Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders
Zoropsis spinimana    
Garden Orb Weavers (1) Garden Orb Weavers (2) Garden Orb Weavers (3)
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Garden Orb Weavers (10) Garden Orb Weavers (11)  
Shamrock Orb Weavers Orb Weaver Spiderlings Tropical Orb Weavers
Marbled Orb Weavers Giant Lichen Orb Weavers Golden Silk Orb Weavers
Cat Face Orb Weavers Pumpkin Spiders/Other Araneus Diadematus
Araneus Nordmanni Star Bellied Orb Weavers Furrow Spiders

GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Araneus sp.

24 December, 2005:
Hi, I would really appreciate your help. I have attached a picture of the spider in my backyard. Could you please tell me what type it is, and if
it is dangerous or not.
Thank you, Kari
kari@imageillusion.com

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10 December, 2005:
Hello again,
I found this little guy inside the house, and upon release took some photos. I've left image '2' and '7' full size, so although they take up more room, you can zoom in heaps to see the detail.
Cheers,
Carine
South Australia

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29 November, 2005:
I don't know what kind of spider this is, would you please tell me

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26 November, 2005:
Hi . . You have a wonderful website . . just found it this afternoon. I took this picture in Chattanooga,Tennessee' a few weeks ago, but have been unable to identify it, can you or any of your readers help me ? Thanks...

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26 November, 2005:
Hi, I'm Wes Craven (the horror film guy) and this is a spider on an orb web on the arbor outside our front door. We live in the Hollywood Hills, way up in the brush canyon areas. I was particularly intrigued by its back. Is that fur? Or babies?? And what kind of spider is it?

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26 November, 2005:
Hi, Would you please be so kind and inform which spider is this one attached? I live in Southern suburbs of Sydney and the photograph was taken this  Tuesday night after we were fascinated to watch this spider to pack his diner. Thanks in advance and best regards,
Peter Caha

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19 November, 2005:
Hello,
We live in Santa Cruz, California. The attached photo is of a spider hovering above our front door entrance. I didn’t see any pictures on your site like this so I though I would ask. Thanks

Ian

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16 November, 2005:
Hi Glen! We foind this impressive spider and it's orb web under the eaves of out house this past Halloween! The web was conveniently built in front of a floodlight that attracted a host of flying insects to it. It was about an inch long in the pic you see attached here. Many parents and kids out trick-or-treating that evening were amazed to find out that our little unplanned Halloween decoration was ALIVE! Quite impressive in size and color. The next day it had vanished. I have seen these in that same general area before for the first time last year, but on plants, not the house. Nice site! Thanks for posting all those pics so I could figure out what kind of spider it was. Tha lady across the street was freaked out when she saw how big it was and she was convinced it was gonna attack somebody! LOL! I see here that it is harmless....I'll let her know!
Jeanette Akers
Salinas, CA
(Central Coast Of CA)

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13 November, 2005:
Hello,  Sorry to bother you but after reviewing your site I thought you might be able to identify this spider for me. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba and this was on my upper deck. There was no web but a ~3/4 of an inch web sac encased in webbing which she (?he) was protecting. I was wondering about a Wolf Spider but thought the carapace(?right term) might be too large. My 2 year old daughter was starting to go look at it before I pulled her away. In general I leave wild "animals" in there habitat but I was concerned as I have not seen a spider like this before. Do you know if I need to be concerned? Any info would be great.
Steve

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13 November, 2005:
I've been trying to identify this spider for weeks, with no luck. Could you help? I found it in Eugene, Or. Thanks for you time.

Brian

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8 November, 2005:
This is outside my door in Palo Alto California, just south of SF Any idea what it is? Thanks, Nigel
 

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Reply: This is definitely not a huntsman it is a garden orb weaver.
8 November
, 2005:
Glen,  I have searched the web for this spider and think it is a badge huntsman. Problem is I can't find anything that says they would be in Texas. We have found them in our trees and by a barn, and in the trees along the roads. There are a lot of them and because the badge huntsman is known to be somewhat aggressive and may cause heart palpitations I am a bit worried. There is a picture on your site from August 4th from someone in Cali that looks to be the same spider, but no reply listed with the name. Please help me identify.
Thanks,
Devon

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6 November, 2005:
Hi, Here's a spider from Cary, NC, USA. It doesn't quite match the brown widow
photos so we guess it is a huntsman. Is is like the unidentified spider from
"Marci" on http://www.rochedalss.qld.edu.au/spiderphotos02.htm. What do you
think? Thanks! Tim

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6 November, 2005:
My kids nicknamed her "Big Girl" and have been feeding her ants for the last two months. She makes a nice web on my back porch every  night. Last night she cooperated and let me get these photos. Thanks  for your great pages!

-David
Long Island
New York
USA
 

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4 November, 2005:
Hi Glen,
I was looking through your site today and thought I'd share with you a picture I took this summer of an Argiope in my garden. Also, I came across this big one and wondered what kind it was...Thanks for your help and your cool site.

Jamie
Topsham, ME

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4 November, 2005:
Hello, I've been trying to figure out what kind of spider I have and came across your website. I've never seen a spider like this around, but it was spinning a huge web on my patio on night. It stayed for a week or two then I never saw it again. Could you please try to identify it for me? Is it possible for you to email me back if you find a match?

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25 October, 2005:
Hello,

Attached are a couple of Orb Weavers we found at our house in Lafayette, Ca.. My younger brother Collin found the big one and I found the orange spider. Thanks for your site, it really helped us identify the spiders.

Adrian Jeffries
Lafayette, California

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25 October, 2005:
Hi there, I am currently living in Portland, Oregon, USA. The other day I spotted this spider and I grabbed my camera. Thought it'd make a great addition to your catalogue. I am not sure what type it is, but it is very common in this area.
Emily Ward

23 October, 2005:
Hi: This spider was near my garage door today. I live on Whidbey Island Washington.
This spider's orange body diameter is about 1/2" . Could you tell me anything about it.
Thanks. Robert Ladd.

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23 October, 2005:
This big fella scared the crap out of me at work today!! I'm in Nova Scotia Canada. Do these spiders live here or was he
dropped off somehow?

Thanks!!
Mark.

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19 October, 2005:
This appears to be an orb weaver, I'm guessing a garden orb weaver (someone please confirm.)  The first photo (taken with flash) shows detail, the second photo more accurately indicates color. This clever little friend lives on our deck, a few inches from the porch light-- great for nightly snacking. The tidbit is a moth. Photos by Richard Myers, Denver, Colorado. Permission granted for anyone to use these two photos, if published please credit and send email to let me know: rtmyers@h2net.net

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19 October, 2005:
OUTSIDE IN KENT WA.

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18 October, 2005:
We live in Portland, Oregon and on 10/17/05 this spider had spun its web between the gutter and a rhododendron bush in our neighbors yard -- but the spider was so huge we could see it outside our living room window! Not sure what type it is, but we sure hope it stays outside!

Jana Ripley
Portland, Oregon

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16 October, 2005:
Hi there, I saw this spider on our porch and was fascinated by him. We have loads of spiders here but I've never seen anything like this fellow. We live in NS Canada. Thought maybe he might be a good one for your website, I've searched on the internet and can't find anything exactly like him, so I'm not sure what type he is. Thanks,
Shannon Steele

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15 October, 2005:
These two photos were taken Oct 9(web) and Oct 11(spider) 2005, on my front deck. It would appear that it is a Garden Orb Weaver but notice what looks like a face on the back. Taken by Don Wilson, Penticton, BC, Canada. (250-492-4919); e-mail jowilson@telus.net

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15 October, 2005:
I found your site very interesting. I wanted to see if you could help me out. I am not sure what type of spiders I have around my house. I live in Southern California. I attached some photos of the spiders. Do you know what types of spiders these are and if they are harmful to people. I appreciate your help. Thanks.
Keith

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13 October, 2005:
Greetings.
Here are several photos of a spider hanging on a tree in our yard in Southern California. I believe it is about to lay eggs. It sits above its web waiting for prey and can move extremely quickly towards prey. What in the world is it?
Thank you for any help you can give.
Charlotte S.

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6 October, 2005:
Hey I Found this Spider in my back yard tonight here is a high rez pic of it if you want to use it on your site
I think it is an orb weaver

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5 October, 2005:
Hi, I have a lot of these spiders in my backyard (with an adjacent canyon) in San Diego. I wonder if you can tell me what it is? I have found black widows in my area, but can't find any info online about this one and hope it's not a dangerous one. Thanks in advance.  Great website by the way! Very interesting, I spent about an hour browsing it. :-) Karen

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4 October, 2005:
Hello, This spider has been living on the outside of one of our 2nd floor windows.
I think this is a garden orb weaver spider. What do you think? You can use it on your website if you would like.
Eric Smith
Oneonta, AL

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4 October, 2005:
I have been trying to identify a spider that has made its’ home on our porch. I came across your great site which puts him in the category of an orb weaver. Is there any chance of narrowing it in more specifically? The body is about ¾” long with an overall length of 1½”. Attached are a few photos of it. The “No Flash” photo shows the colors more accurately while the other photos provide better definition.
Jim Land
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
 

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4 October, 2005:
Hi, Very informative website you have. I'm guessing, from what I've seen, that this might be some kind of orb weaving spider? I found it under the eave of my kid's playhouse and it was rather large. Do they bite? The spider in picture I have attached is sitting on the tine of a rake.

Thanks,
Michelle Gwyn
Memphis, TN

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28 Sept, 2005:
 I found this spider outside of my house and was wondering what type this is.

Thanks for any info
Buddy C

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28 Sept, 2005:
I had sent in a picture, but dont see it being listed. I have attached it again. If you could just respond to my email, that would be great. It doesnt have to be posted to the site.
I live on Long Island, New York. This spider, whom I have started calling Charlotte, lives right outside my front door. She is big, very big for any spider I have seen in my area. I have been watching her grow all summer long.  Can you let me know what kind of spider it is. I thought maybe a garden orb but the pattern and color doesnt match any online examples that you have. Thanks.

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27 Sept, 2005:
What is this? Paul

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27 Sept, 2005:
 Hi there. Can you put this on your site so somebody can identify? I took this
in my backyard and want to know what it is. Thanks.

Roy

 

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25 Sept, 2005:
I We live in Northen New Jersey, USA and I have never seen a spider like the atatched. Our kids are quite taken with it and are curious to know what kind of spider it is. Can you identify it? Thanks,
Dan Markham

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24 Sept, 2005:
Great site! Would these appear to be more female Araneus diadematus, or common garden spiders? Some form of Orb Garden Weaver? Cheers, Paul

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22 Sept, 2005:
As much as I hate spiders, they seem to like me and my camera, so I've taken some shots of some beauties. Two of these are garden orb weavers (at least I think that's what they are), both of whom have lived in my back yard in Southern California at some point this year. The one in the nighttime photographs had an incredibly beautiful web and my fiancé's and I spent plenty of time just watching her work. The ominous and HUGE yellowish/whitish and black beauty remains a mystery to me. (Any guesses what make and model she is??) She was oblivious to me and the other hikers who were marveling over her during a hike into Waimea Canyon on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai last December. Fascinating, beautiful creatures -- just so long as they stay out of my house!  Lori L. Drawbaugh

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22 Sept, 2005:
Hi Glen,
Here is a pic of a spider that had a web in my house for awhile and I would feed her moths by throwing them in her beautifully crafted web. We went on vacation and I feared she would starve so I put her outside and she has built a great web by the back door. She has also grown in size by quite a bit. I still throw moths into her web... I have looked through all the pics of your website but cannot identify her... But I thought you'd enjoy her monkey face!
Sharon

 

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21 Sept, 2005:
This Spider has been sitting in a web in front of our house now for about 2 weeks and we don't know what species it is or if its dangerous. Can you help? If so, can you send me a reply to the above email. Thanks a lot. Kesha Chicago,IL

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20 Sept, 2005:
This spider is on my porch along with many funnel weavers.
Thanks Pamela
Plainfield Illinois

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18 Sept, 2005:
Could you help me identify this spider, he has a web on our front porch.
Thanks,
Brian Sevald
Detroit Michigan

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18 Sept, 2005:
GTRYING TO IDENTIFY MY SPIDER I CAME ACROSS YOUR WEB. ENCLOSED ARE MY PICTURES. ALL FOUR PICS ARE OF THE SAME SPIDER . EITHER DAYTIME SLEEPING OR NIGHTIME ON IT'S WEB. AFTER SPENDING TIME ON YOUR SITE I THINK MY SPIDER IS A GARDEN ORB. I CAN ONLY SEE IT'S WEB IF I LOOK AT IT SIDEWAYS AND IT WAS AN ORB WEB WITH ONE OR TOO ZIG ZAGS OR SPIRALS ON IT. IF I'M WRONG COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME. THANKS . DIANNE FROM WINNIPEG MB CANADA

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18 Sept, 2005:
Glen,
I took this pic a couple of weeks ago. I have never seen a spider like this in michigan.
Can you please tell me what you think it is?
Thanx,
Curious Brian from Michigan

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17 Sept, 2005:
Glen, This guy is about 1-2" depending on if he's stretched out. I love the detail in the abdomen. He's been chilling outside my window for about a week. I wanted to try and identify it and came across your page. Thanks for having such an extensive photo collection, it helped me identify it as a garden orb weaver. It looks almost identical to one that Luis from the Bronx sent in on Aug 16. I saw it repairing its web the other day. It was amazing how intricate and precise it was, it actually used one leg to get the silk out of it's abdomen and used another leg to stick it to the cross webbing. I must of watched it go twice around before I stopped watching.  Anyway, here's the picture if you would like to post it....Thanks,
Eric from Pawtucket, RI

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17 Sept, 2005:
This is a guy from Santa Cruz. This web is high up in the tree, that is the brown-green in the background.-Rich Swanner

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16 Sept, 2005:
I got this picture of an orb-weaver out front of my garage in Fishers, Indiana, USA. Thought you might like to add it to your collection.
Candi

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15 Sept, 2005:
Hi, I've attached a picture of a spider that is near our barn. It is the largest spider I've ever seen that wasn't in a cage..... I've never seen one like it.... Is it dangerous?
Thank you!
Regina

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13 Sept, 2005:
Can you help me identify this spider, Bret Austin

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11 Sept, 2005:
Hi I have several of these spiders around my house. I'm trying to find out what kind they are. I found your site while trying to find them. If you could help me identify they I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you, Jodi

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11 Sept, 2005:
Hi there... I was looking through your website trying to identify the spider that I have outside my house in Brielle, NJ. I have about 4 or 5 of them and am afraid that they may be poisonous. Then again, I think all spiders are deadly... Arachnaphobia I guess?? lol Please help me identify this spider if you can.. Thank You Bob Fuller

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9 Sept, 2005:
THIS IS THE ONLY VIEW OF THE SPIDER THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE. IT FACES OUR LIVING ROOM WINDOW, AND NEVER TURNS AROUND FOR ME TO GET A PIC OF THE UNDERSIDE. IT IS USUALLY ASLEEP DURING THE DAY, CHOOSING TO SLEEP ON A BLACKBERRY VINE LEAF. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TYPE THIS IS? WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE SOME INFO! MY SON LIKES THIS SPIDER.

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9 Sept, 2005:
I found this spider hanging out on a 4ft web. Sorry the pictures didn't come out better but camera isn't that great at night and that's the only time this big boy comes out. He's about 2 1/2 inches long. I've looked through all of your pictures and unless I'm blind (always possable)I didn't see one like this. Is it good to have around or should I keep breaking web to make him move? Btw this website is awesome!!! Sincerely, Southeast Texas

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7 Sept, 2005:
Glen, I ran across your website trying to identify a spider that's made a home on my house awning. Based on the photos/ description on your website, I think it might be an orbweaver. Can you correct me if I'm
wrong?  It's quite fascinating. I've noticed that it seems to be nocturnal and spins a new web every night. The past few nights I've watched it create a new web, only to
not find it there in the morning. The one web strand I did find was quite strong, and not easily broken. Thanks, Bob in Michigan

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7 Sept, 2005:
Thanks so much for your "Web" site -- it is really great. Based on your site, I'm guessing that this is a Garden Orb Weaver spider that I found on my back patio last night in Meridian, Idaho (near Boise). Keep up the great work! Lori Smith

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6 Sept, 2005:
Hi, Again. I was looking more at your site and I forgot to let you know, the second picture is of the spiders abdomen, I think it reared at the camera. As well, you may use the photos incase they help someone else identify their spider. Thank you. Sabina

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6 Sept, 2005:
Hello,I have attached a photo of a spider that I took today in my yard. I believe it is in the "Orb Family" but since I am not a spider person, I just don't know. We just moved to Bonanza Oregon about 6 months ago, and this is the first time I have ever seen this type of spider.  There is a large web angled down from one of our trailers with "anchor cords" to other things. This spider sits under a lip on the trailer as indicated in the attached photo because of the sun. I am going to try to see when this spider actually goes into the center of its web; maybe at night? If someone would identify this little critter for me that would be appreciated. I am allergic to Wolfe spiders and all the bee, wasp families, so identification would be great. Thank you for your time in answering my questions. Your sight is a wealth of information. Thank you. Lynn Foster

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5 September, 2005:
Hi there, I found your site trying to identify this spider that set up shop  outside my window. It only appears at night (I got the photos at  dusk) and hangs out upside down at the center of the web. I'm in  Boulder, Colorado. It's a really beautiful spider. From what I saw  I'm pretty sure this is a garden orb weaver, though I didn't see any  that were so orange looking. Do you have any idea what's inside the  big pouch? My spider's pouch is about the size of a small grape. The  shot where you can see the pouch and the 4 small depressions in it
were taken from inside through a window. Feel free to post the pics.  I have higher res versions too (4 megapixels). Thanks for a great site! Sam

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3 Sept, 2005:
Can you help me identify the spider in the attached photo? This spider is about an inch across and the web was hanging from the edge of the roof near the back door. The circular web was a couple of feet in diameter, but the supporting strands stretched five or six feet. I have other pictures of the web if they would be helpful, but this is the best picture of the spider's body. Thanks for any help. Bruce

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3 Sept, 2005:
Hi Glen, Attached is a photo of an OrbWeaver garden spider, a name I discovered on your website. It is located outside my window and thought it was pretty cool how she (I assume it is female) takes down her web every morning and rebuilds it every night. Mike Carver, Warrington, PAit. :-)Any help is appreciated. 'night BR

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3 Sept, 2005:
Hi, I live in Morrison, Colorado (USA). Found this spider outside our house (actually connected to our house). I think it is an Orb-weaving Spider. At least I hope as they are not known to be too dangerous. Do you think it's an Orb? FYI: This spider only weaves at night and is hidden during the day. Also, feel free to use this pictures if you would like. Thank you. Cameron and Sarah

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3 Sept, 2005:
Attached is the best picture I've been able to manage for our nocturnal visitor. It's not a very good picture, but the light's not very good at night. I'm Bill Ratliff and I live in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. I'm curious about a couple of things. First, is this an Orb Weaver and if so, which kind (if you can tell from the photograph)? And secondly, what is the process by which the spider deconstructs its web every morning? My wife wants me to get rid of it, but I won't do it. :-)Any help is appreciated. 'night BR

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2 Sept, 2005:
This one is living under a floodlight near our garage. We've watched it eat moths and other insects for a few days now. It is very interesting. It has a large web and after a few days, we noticed two more large webs scaling the side of our house. I didn't think that a spider this large would let two others of the same type live right next door. It is very mean looking, however it is not that aggressive. We were just wondering if it is something to worry about, but we mostly just want to know what we are dealing with.

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1 Sept, 2005:
Hi Glen,
One from England for you, have you seen it before.
Eddie

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31 August, 2005:
This spider has been seen outside our house in several places. It is not shy at all and seems to spin its web at night and disappear in the daytime. I am guessing it might be an Orb spider, but am not sure. We are in Southern California.  Angela

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31 August, 2005:
These two are living in my window wells. One in one window the other in the second window. Believe to be the same type of spider (might even be related). Nasty looking and only come out at night. Could you tell me what they are and send me a link with more data. Killed one like them a few years back. Body of them a little bigger round than a quarter. Both have black markings on belly. Look sort of fuzzy but not furry. One is white other is mostly red with same white color as other. Terry Coen

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31 August, 2005:
I have looked around a lot on the web and cannot match this spider to any photos. any ideas? It resides on my front porch under the railing with web approx. 10" across and maybe 12" long. i reside in upstate ny.

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28 August, 2005:
My name is Lance and I live in Charleston, SC. Here are some photos of my
local orb weaver spider if you are interested.

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27 August, 2005:
Hello Glen,  I took this picture this morning near my back door and would like to know anything about it. I live in Summerland BC Canada. Can you help? Liz

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27 August, 2005:
Hi,
My name is Dave Johnson. There are lots of different varieties of spiders living on my property and this one looked very intriguing. I was wondering if you could help me identify it, I live in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.
Thank you,
Dave Johnson

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26 August, 2005:
hey glen, me again. we have a new 8-legged critter, i think i'm becomming obsessed with these guys. this time on our front porch, actually blocking us in during the night cuz it's web is practically right in front of the doorway. seems to dissapear during the day. it's pretty big but i'm not sure what kind of spider. has a very intricate and appealing web. got some nice shots of it and what appears to be an appetizing meal. wondered if you could tell me what type it was and let me know if it's poiseneous or not.

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25 August, 2005:
Hello,
I searched your web site but didn't find this one that looked close. The spider was hanging above my clothes line in a maple tree. Can you tell me what it is?
Thanks,
Julie, Michigan

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24 August, 2005:
Found in my home near San Francisco. About as big as a quarter and balls up when threatened. Very distinct pattern on back.

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24 August, 2005:
Hi, These are some photos I took in the garage of my apartment building.  Children tend to play in this area, so I was wondering if these guys  are dangerous or poisonous. And out of curiosity, what are they doing?  Fighting? Mating? Thanks for your time and efforts and I look forward to your response. Sincerely, Bonnie.

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24 August, 2005:
Hi, from Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
 Some friends and I were enjoying some beers out on the deck, and saw  this spider hanging from the house. It's got to be the biggest I personally have ever seen lurking about  around here -- about 3cm (inc legs).
Great website! Looking at the other postings - I figure it's also a  garden orb weaver?
-Kenji

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24 August, 2005:

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24 August, 2005:
Hi. just above my back door outside, this giant spider has made itself at home. Generally I leave spiders alone, but this one is very large and intimidating. I live in a dessert area of Canada -- Kelowna, BC. We have mild winters and very hot, dry summers (100degrees F) and I am about a mile from a very large lake. Any comments or suggestions?  You are welcome to publish the picture if you like. Shari McDowell,

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24 August, 2005:
Hello, I found your spider webpage and was wondering if you may be able to tell me what type of spider this is, see attached picture. It spins a round web and sits in the center, it's about 2" long. I live in central Virginia and it made it's web on the pain of my slider door and only comes out at night.
Many Thanks.
Geri :)

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24 August, 2005:
Hi, I was looking out my window and I found a huge spider web covering the
outside top half of my window. All of a sudden there it was the biggest spider I ever seen. I am fascinated by the details on this spider and how it captures it's prey with it's web, But I have children and I'm concerned it's poisonous or bites and if it will multiply and get into the house. Also are there poisonous spiders in the Bronx Please can you tell me what kind of spider this is and what should I do. Luis from Bronx New York

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24 August, 2005:
Hi Glen, Well as you will have realised now I have sent you a few pictures of spiders and webs that I have, hope they are of some use to you. I have recently taken up photography in that I walk out On Dartmoor, one of our national parks and I am interested in taking pictures of wild flowers, insects, etc. and consequently I do see the occasional spider, the web one with water caught my eye because I am going to enter a photo competition with "water" as the theme and the webs with water caught my eye. Are you in Australia? I was out there when I was in the army, many years ago. Take care, let me know if the photos are any good. Regards,
Eddie.

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24 August, 2005:
Hi,
I live in Great Falls, Montana. This spider has been living under the awning of our patio. His web does not appear uniform as it is in several different layers. He trapped the large bee shown in the picture and then carried it off to a hidden location. You can see from the pictures that he is much larger than an average house fly. I have looked on several websites to try to identify what kind of spider it is, but have been unsuccessful. I was hoping you might be able to help me. Thank you for you time.
Laurie

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19 August, 2005:
Glen, I so love your site. I check back often to see the latest interesting pictures. The following are of an orb weaver that makes itself a beautiful web on my sliding back door each night. I have been looking around but
cannot seem to find out exactly what type of orb weaver this is. I hope you and your site visitors enjoy!
Michael J. Schlenk
Washington, New Jersey

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16 August, 2005:
The pictures are not the best. But, I hope you can help me out. Is  this a dangerous spider? It is about the size of a dime.
Thank you
Don

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13 August, 2005:
You have a great site. There is nothing more that freaks people out, than one of these eight legged creatures about. We have had this spider in our doorway for about a month, but only comes out at night. Could you possibly tell me what kind of spider it is and if it is dangerous.
Whitie

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13 August, 2005:
I've seen the brown spider many times, all over Michigan...the other one, with red legs, I've only seen once (again in Michigan,) and my mom saw the same kind in the same area, on another web, whether it's the same or not I don't know. The Brown one is a little bigger than a quarter, the Red Legged one is closer to a Fifty cent piece. Any idea what they are?

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9 August, 2005:
I live in Colorado, USA and on the creeper of our arbour this spider has  built a nice web. It appears to be slightly phosphorescent, but may be  just very reflective. I believe it is an orb weaver.

 

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9 August, 2005:
Thanks for your great site. We have this spider that we've been fascinated with. Every night he makes a new web in the same spot, and by morning him and the web are gone. We love to watch him and thanks to your site we now know what he is.

Thanks!

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9 August, 2005:
We at the office are debating on whether or not this is a version of the Orb Weaver. Can you help?? Ken Platt, Rexel/Boulder #53

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9 August, 2005:
The attached is a picture my husband took this past weekend. This spider is living under the eves of our house. This spider is quite large, almost the size of a small tarantula. Its web is from the eves down to the deck.
Please respond.    Susan Schroeder
Cherry Valley, California

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4 August, 2005:
Some spiders have that certain "hardcore" factor about them and some dont. Being in Vermont, I havent seen too many that have dropped my jaw quite like this one. It set up shop outside my kitchen window, so I watch it eat various bugs while I wash the dishes. Its name is Big Jim, 'Mike McCarthy
Killington VT
USA

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Reply:  I get a lot of these so it worth including again - it is a garden orb weaver and not harmful.
1 August, 2005:
We have just moved to a new home with lots of vegetation and feel like we are being run out of our house! We have tons of these everywhere and wanted to find out exactly what they are and if they are poisonous because we have small children. Please help! I am attaching photos.  We live in Walnut Creek, California Thanks!

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1 August, 2005:
Are these photos of a Garden Orb Weaver?
They were taken 7/31/05 in my back yard. I live in Amherst County, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The victim is a Honeybee. I watched the whole thing from start to finish. I started to free the bee when I saw him hit the web and then I thought, if I wasn’t there to see it happen it would all be over for the bee anyway. And the spider has to eat, so I let it go. I did feel sorry for the bee though!
Thanks!
Sincerely,
D L Ennis

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25 July, 2005:
HI was out this evening and saw this spider hanging from the bird feeder in a web. It is about the size of a silver dollar and very spikey on its whole body. I live in the foothills of the Sierras in California. You may use this photo if you like. Thank you,
Kathy Morlang
Bali Hai Bengals

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24 July, 2005:
Hi there! Found this guy in our yard today. Any ideas on what it is and if it's harmful to children?

Thanks!

Shanna

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24 July, 2005:
I live in Houston, TX and this spider has been on my porch for about 3 months. I'm assuming it is an Orb Weaver. Is that correct? If not, can you help me out? Thanks, Mike
Houston, TX

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18 July, 2005:
Can you please tell us what kind of spider this is, he was found on our back  lanai area. We live in SW Florida.

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17 July, 2005:
Hi Glen  you don't know me but I just wanted to show you this photo I took of this spider it was outside my window I was wondering if you could tell me what tpe it is let me know if you find out. thanks
sarah

p.s I thought it was a tiger-spider am I right or not???
 

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12 June, 2005:
Glen,

Here's another orb weaver photo from east TN. I got him in a jar and under a yellow light and I think the picture turned out pretty cool looking. Thanks.
Greg

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27 May, 2005:
Here is a picture to submit to your website. I believe it's a garden spider. These pictures don't do her justice. She was magnificently beautiful with orange marmalade shell. She was quite large and fat. She had a beautiful
home where she was kept safe. I wanted to know how long they can live and will they stay in the same home their entire life?
Thank you
Sherry Wilson
 

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10 May, 2005:
Hi GlenI live in Nth Curl Curl on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. One of our cats found this spider in the house and I was just curious as to what sort of spider it is. It didn’t seem aggressive, and played dead when I trapped it in a jar. It’s not very big, about the size of a five cent piece with its legs wrapped up. I would appreciate it if you could help me identify it
Thanking you in anticipation
sneaky_p@bigpond.net.au
peter hayes

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 23 April, 2005:
Hi,
I found this spider in my bushes Houston, Texas. It's hard to miss since it's about 2" in diameter. I took this picture in the hopes someone can tell me what kind it is. It seems to be nocturnal because its there at night and sometimes in the very early morning. I'm concerned because I have 2 kids and don't want them getting bit. <<spider.doc>>
Thank you,
Seavon in Houston

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14 April, 2005:
Glen,

The colour looks sought of that of the water spider but the body is far much heavier...Could you please help me?

Thanks,
Marc

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24 February, 2005:
I think this is an orb weaver I found in my front yard garden but i am not sure… and if it is what kind of orb weaver is it.

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22 February, 2005:
I took this picture on the night of 22 Feb 2005
... lives on our backyard between a pine tree and some shrubs ...
... its body is approximately 2 to 3 cms in length ...
... do you know what type of spider is it ...?
kind regards,
Mario

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9 February, 2005:
Can you identify the spider in the attached picture? We believe it may be an Orb Spider, but not sure specifically which kind. The picture was taken outside one of our windows at our house in the bay area, California.

Thanks,
Jason

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28 January, 2005:
Hi, I am from South Africa and have found your site whilst trying to identify the following spider. It is about an Inch across, and spin's a Web outside our House Windows Every evening. In the Morning it is gone, web and all. My wife is a bit paranoid about it, because of the orange mark on it's belly. Eagerly awaiting reply
Kindest Regards
Beste Groete
Carel Smith

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3 January, 2005:
I quite like your web site on spiders, and find it very useful. I've  attached a photo of a friendly visitor to my yard, that i
thought you  might like. It's body is about an inch or so long, it had a very large
web (about 8 feet across), was not aggressive, and seemed a fairly calm
and mellow sort of creature. I have no idea what sort of spider it may  be, but it certainly is pretty :) I am located in Houston, Texas, USA.
Christine

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3 January, 2005:
This shot was taken near midnight in the tree near where I park my car.
Ellen

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