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Spider Photos -  Orbweaver (2008)

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

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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    

ORB WEAVERS/GARDEN SPIDERS

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)  
Shamrock Orb Weavers Orb Weaver Spiderlings Tropical Orb Weavers
Marbled Orb Weavers 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

GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Unspecified

18 December, 2008:
Here is a photo I took at the front. Stefan

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18 December, 2008:
Hello – I found this spider outside my front door. My husband took this picture and we have never seen anything like this before. Do you know what kind it is? We live in Waukesha Wisconsin. I found your website and although they totally freaked me out, I do enjoy looking and trying to research. I think it might be an orb weaving spider? Any help is appreciated, I didn't like running as fast as I could out my door but didn't have the heart to get rid of it. We have since found it dead and a different spider, maybe a wolf, took the web over. Thanks! Sarah

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Reply:  This is an arrowhead spider, one of the Orb Weavers (Araneidae) » Verrucosa » Arrowhead Spider (Verrucosa arenata)

23 November, 2008:
I thought this spider was so interesting I tried to take it's photo. I would say she was about the size of a nickel, maybe 2 cm. The web was huge, approximately 4 foot circular web, with attachments a long ways out. The little glob above her is one of her "snacks."

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13 November, 2008:
Glen - We sent you a photo of a silver argiope last week. She's still around, but this one moved in on her web a couple of days ago. She built a new one, and is doing fine. Can you identify this one? It took off when we tried to photograph it. It spun a huge web of its own, well over six foot span, but it wasn't well done and the wind took it down. That's when it moved. I can see why it ripped off the argiope's web - its web spinning skills are far inferior to the argiope. From photos on your web site, I think it may be a garden orb spinning spider, but not sure. Thanks - Carol

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9 November, 2008:
On your banner the 5th spider over. I think I have one what kind is it? I searched your site. thanks Robin . I leave it alone and let it do its thing. I just hope he isnt poisonous. I have always caught spiders in a glass, slipped a piece of paper under and put them outside. It's what I do.

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6 November, 2008:
I took this picture on my patio yesterday 2 Nov 08 in Clovis New Mexico. Don't know what kind it is but it's body is about the size of a nickel. Jim
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26 October, 2008:
I live in Northwest Indiana and I found this spider on my back deck. I have been looking at pictures on the web to try and figure out what kind of spider this is, with no luck. Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? Thanks, Williamson
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25 October, 2008:
Hi Glen. I found this exquisite beauty after spinning a HUGE circular web in my garden this October. She was an impressive size herself...maybe that of a nickel. I've looked though hundreds of your pictures, and on other sites as well; I still haven't found anything like her. I also haven't been able to view her underside yet. Can you help me figure out what she is exactly? Thanks! Your site is brilliant! -Kira Click for a larger view

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20 October, 2008:
Hi Glen, I found this spider on the back of my house here in Georgia. Here are two pics taken at different times. For a while it had a circular web across our kitchen window, but now seems content to hang on the edge of the window. Its body is probably an inch long (not counting the legs). Any ideas? Thanks, Brent

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16 October, 2008:
i found this spider out side my house..10-12-08 i live in michigan...downriver area.. do you know what kind it is??

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16 October, 2008:
Hi Glen, Well, after 3 months of trying to find out on my own, we're finally reaching out to the expert... Can you help us in identifying this spider? It's been living at our front door for months now and has gotten progressively larger. She does not come out during the day and stays curled up in the corner of the doorway. She has gotten bigger as the months have gone by. If you look very closely, there is a "baby" spider in the bottom of the first photo. Could this be a pregnant Huntsman or maybe a wolf spider? We have a young child who has been enjoying the show but we want to make sure this is not a toxic/ venomious spider. Can you please help? Many thanks, Kimberly d.

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12 October, 2008:
Glen: I have looked at many pix on your site and cannot identify the type of spider outside our kitchen window. He is quite large, I would estimate the body to be about 1' in size, at least. Beautiful yellow ( much more yellow than the pix indicates) with a black "vee" on the back I am hoping you can identify it. From what I read, the goldenrod spider is much smaller than this one. Thanks in advance, Frank Matthews P.S. will this one survive the winter, or do they die after one year? (It gets freezing here in N Az).

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30 September, 2008:
Hi Glen... I'm a big fan of the site, and have been keeping an eye out for my local spiders, and have been carrying a camera round with me to get pictures where possible. I've attached a few pictures that you can use, but there is one spider in there that i dont recognise... The Steatoda Grossa, and the Orb Weaver I know, but the last one is a mystery to me. It has a body length of about 18mm, the cephalothorax is shiny like black armour, and the abdomen was like the texture of brushed velvet. I live on the South Coast of the UK, so i fear it may be a European species that you might not know, but I hope you might have some idea, even if it's just an idea of what family it's from. Anyway, thank you for looking, and keep up the great work. Glen

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30 September, 2008:
This was in our backyard on the BBQ island. We live in Murrieta CA near LA & San Diego. We'd love to lnow what it is. virginia

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30 September, 2008:
Hi! I found this outside my balcony. I was wondering if you knew what kind of spider it was. Thanks! Lauren

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27 September, 2008:
This spider has been perched in front of my front porch light for over a week now. My kids are constantly complaining that it's "gross"...I refuse to let them kill it or knock down the web. I would love to know what the name of this spider is. Sincerely, Jamie

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27 September, 2008:
I would like you to identify a spider that has made its web outside of my work. I live in the central lower penninsula of Michigan.

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Reply from Victoria: After your email, we found out she is a Western Spotted Orb-Weaver (neoscona oaxacensis).
27 September, 2008:
Hi I'm Victoria from the University of Arizona's Steward Mirror Lab and it seems we have a new mascot. He (or she) has found a home on one of our windows and we've been asked several times a day "What kind of spider is it? Is it poisonous?" I was just wondering if you could help all us Merry Labbers figure out the answer to this first question. Here's what we know: - His name is Spiff. (;-P) - He's built a web in one of our many recessed windows. - He's been eating ants, bees and flies, which he's been catching in his web. - We live in Tucson, Arizona (Sonoran Desert area). - He's got reddish-brown legs and white-ish yellow spots on a black abodomen. (I've attached a picture) We were just curious, so any help would be appreciated.
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27 September, 2008:
Hi, I live in middle Tennessee, USA. My aunt snapped this photo last night of a spider in the front yard. It had a pretty big web too that you can't see too great here. thanks! Stefanie
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20 September, 2008:
Hi I noticed on your website that many readers submitted photos of the ST ANDREWS CROSS spider wondering what it was. Well. I have a spider with a crucifix on his back and NONE of those photos look anything like him, or her!!!! I have been searching the internet for hours… looked at thousands of photo. I am submitting this photo at high resolution enough for you to see the detail. His web is about 6 feet across, 3 feet off the ground… the body (without the legs) is about 1.5 to 2 inches. He has reddish brown with tan rings on legs, but the tips are grey and black.. very bulbous shaped, big sack or back??? Is yellow and reddish brown with the yellow crucifix on it. This spider moves fast in its web… And works fast as well…THANKS for your help if you have seen it before… perhaps I am looking in all the wrong places!!!!!!!!!!!! We returned from a ROMANIAN trip recently and brought home a photo of a spider from there that was VERY SIMILAR! This has me wondering!!!!THANK YOU! Georgia
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20 September, 2008:
Hi! Could you help me figure out what spiders these are? Thank you! Brian

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18 September, 2008:
Hello. I took a picture of a spider in my carport and cannot find a picture with a name of it ANYWHERE on the web. Can you help? I have never seen one like it before. Amy
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14 September, 2008:
can you tell me what kind of spider this is and is it dangerous. we have a lot of these around our house ,this is a small one. there 15 pictures. thanks .
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14 September, 2008:
i found this spider today and i looked at hundreds of spiders to try and identify it. I finally came to the conclusion that it is an orb spider but i still have not seen a spider like it, the markings on the back are pretty interesting. mabye you have seen one like it. hope to hear from you. kristina from new york

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14 September, 2008:
Hey Glen, I just found your website and was hoping to get a name on this beast. I almost ran into it's web as I was cutting through a parking area in Chicago, it was in a pine tree/bush. Whatever it is it wasn't willing to leave whatever is was lying on, I tried to provoke it with a stick and it moved a little but wouldn't budge. I was hoping it would sprawl out it's legs to get a better pic. So if you can determine from these pics that would be nice. Thanks MD

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14 September, 2008:
Hello and good day! I stumbled upon your website today in a search to identify this spider (see attached) that I found living in my back yard. I live on the southwest side of Chicago. I wasn't able to identify the spider, but thought it would make a nice addition to your collection of pictures. It's currently residing on/in my yucca plant. It's size over all is probably about the size of an American half dollar. I've never seen this big of a spider living in my yard! I intend to keep it there, unless I find that it's poisonous. thanks and have a great day, Kim

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7 September, 2008:
Good morning. Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is? We live on the South shore of Long Island, NY. It has been making a web in our front entry for about a week. It took us a few days to get in the habit of not walking into it and breaking the web. My husband would scoop it into the grass and sure enough, each morning there would be a new web. As we sat on our porch last night, we saw it crawling up the brick side of our house to assume its position. Today's web was not stretched across a walk path so it is still there. I'd just like to make sure it is not dangerous. I'm a little creeped out but do want to respect it. These are the best photos I could get of it. Please feel free to use them on your website. Thank you so much. Denise

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7 September, 2008:
Spider Guru, I took these pictures last night in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Thought you’d like them. I believe it is a Garden Orb Weaver. I compared it with a picture on your website. Thanks, Skyler

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7 September, 2008:
Oh thank you Glen. That's good to hear that it is not dangerous considering I've almost had it in my face a few times! It seems content where it is for now. There's a good food supply! I've attached some more pics from tonight's feeding. Thanks again for your help!

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7 September, 2008:
Hi, I found this spider outside around our trash can. It's quite large and we noticed that it tears down it's big web and rebuilds another the next night. It's usually stretched from the ground, to a bush, and then onto a nearby tree limb. The web is usually about 3 ft. in width. The spider is bright red in color and looks hairy. We live in Virginia Beach. Please let me know what it is. Thanks, Angie

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.

4 September, 2008:
Hi Glen, first off you're amazing for having this site. I'm addicted to looking whenever i see a new spider. I found this in my garage today, it's pretty big and looked very fuzzy/furry. I live in Sarasota, Florida. Do you know what this is? And yes, you may post these pics on the site. Thanks, Shannon

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.

4 September, 2008:
Hi! Great site. I found these 2 spiders in Maricopa Arizona. The black spider was on my back porch and the brown spider was inside the house. Spiders are very common here. In the last 2 years I believe that I've identified wolf spiders, orb weavers, black widows and brown recluse. Can you tell the names of these spiders are? Both are roughly the size of a quarter. Thanks, Jim

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30 August,  2008:
I noticed on your sight that you have a picture of what appears to be the same kind of spider that hangs outside my house each night around the same time at the top page of your site. Still I have been unable to identify it and would like to see if you know what it is. I have named the spider outside my house charlotte and continue to photograph her each night. However I am still curious about her. I included a couple pics, if you could help it would be great!! I have plenty more pics like I said she has gotten use to her nightly photo sessions. Thanks Mandy

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28 August,  2008:
ATTACHED ARE PICS OF A SPIDER LIVING OUTSIDE OUR FRONT DOOR...CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME IDENTIFY IT??? We live in Maryland

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22 August,  2008:
Hi Glen I found your website and was hoping you could identify this spider that has built a web around my house here in TN, I know nothing about spiders so am just wondering about it. Thanks Martin

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.

18 August, 2008:
ICould you please help me identify this spider? It has taken up residence directly outside of our front door and I have no problem leaving it there to eat all the insects that gather around our outside light, but if it's venomous I need to remove it as I have a five year old that plays just outside this door. I live near Columbia, SC if that helps to distinguish the species. Your site is fascinating and thank you for helping me out! Melissa

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More from Hermione: Thanks so much! A little more research lead me to the Foliate spider, which seems like a good match. I even found one that someone had photographed in the same county I live in.

18 August, 2008:
I was looking at your website in hopes of identifying a spider that we have at our house. This spider has built its web on a small over-hang on our front porch and we only see it at night. During the day, it hides, but as soon as it gets dark, it comes out and sits in the center of its web. We've hosted many spiders at our house over the years: marbled orb weavers, common house spiders, black widows, barn spiders, etc., but this is a new one. I suppose the long and short of it is, I was wondering if you might help me identify this one. I've attached some pictures and I look forward to hearing back. Thank you! Located in Chattanooga, TN, USA. -- Hermione

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver of some variety.
16 August,  2008:
Hi Glen, This spider has been coming to visit our home in Burlington, NJ every night now for a couple of weeks. Each night she builds these amazing webs right outside our sliding glass door... like RIGHT OUTSIDE haha... blocking us in the house. Most of the time I've avoided running into it, although once I forgot about it and walked right through it. Scared the bageezas out of me! And, at times, since my dogs aren't as careful to avoid her web, she's had to rebuild a few times. By the morning, there is no sign she was every even there. Even the web is completely gone. Because she seems to be reproducing (found a smaller version of her building a web a few feet from her favorite spot), and is always outside our back door, I thought I should know what kind of spider it is and if it is poisonous. Mostly, I just want to know if I should be more careful letting my dogs, or even myself, outside when she's hanging around, and since the weather will be changing soon and spiders love to find their way into the house. While spiders aren't my favorite, I figure all life has a purpose and who am I to decide who lives and dies, right? Just need to know if I should be more careful. Also wondering if they jump, because jumping spiders are sometimes difficult to catch (especially if I'm not prepared for the jumping... really creeps me out!) and safely return outside when they get in. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Candy C.

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Reply: This is a "Death's head spider" - Eriophora .
16 August,  2008:
Hi! I found your website while trying to find out what this spider is ( I have attached 2 pics) that we found in our garage. Do you know what it is and whether or not it is poisonous? Also, I don't know much about spiders, but I imagine them to be solitary creatures. Do you think there are many others in our garage like this one? Thanks! Jane

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9 August,  2008:
was on your site spiderz rule.  i have a picture of a spider that is living in my yard.  was wondering if you could give me some assistance in identifying what type of spider it is.  thanks in advance for any help you could give me.

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9 August,  2008:
Hi there… Glad that I found your site. I live in Minnesota, and found this spider on my patio door around 2am. She had spun a web over half of our patio door, and was camped out in the middle. The spider was orange and black, and I apologize for the not so great photos – it was dark and I was taking the photos through glass. I was too afraid to walk out on the deck and take a few without glass. She was as bigger than a quarter diameter which included her legs – which is VERY big for a Minnesota spider. I have never seen one quite like this before and was hoping that maybe you would know right away what it might be. Well… if you do or don’t know – that’s ok… Just thought I would ask. Thanks… Kyra

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5 August,  2008:
I live 60 miles outside of NYC. Any idea what type this is? (this is the underside of the spider)

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Reply: This is not a Southern House Spider, it's a garden orb weaver.

5 August,  2008:
Hi Glen, Here are some pictures of a female Southern House Spider that was in my grandmother's living room, and a big Orb Weaver that had a web spun between two pecan trees. Feel free to use them if you want. --Damy

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5 August,  2008:
Hi Glen, I photographed this little Orb Weaver while it was working the other night. These Orb Weavers are all over the place from late June through first frost in my area. Feel free to use the pictures if you want. --Damy 

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20 July,  2008:
My friend h[]as "a spider" that hatches its babies in the exact same place every year, on the wall of her porch. Is it possible that it's the same spider or does one of the babies return to its birthplace to lay eggs? These are small, golden spiders and I have attached a photo of the babies. Thanks! Judi Click for a larger view. 

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20 July,  2008:
Hello Glen, You identified a spider for our family two years ago, we found another spider in the forest. Could you please help? This spider is possibly an orb weaver, but you never know, this thing is huge. It measures approximately 2 inches on the abdomen alone. When the spider relaxed it seemed to be about 4 inches or more. (It was a VERY LARGE spider for this area-way larger than any wolf spiders around here) Also, when we first spotted the spider, it was completely black dark. With the light on the spider it was black/gray in color. After the light was on the spider for a while, we watched the most amazing web being woven, the spider then seemed to be a mossy greenish color. Do these type of spiders have the ability to blend with backgrounds like frogs and lizards? The spider seeemed to get slower for a little bit, then took a break in the middle of weaving his web to eat his meal which was already wrapped when we arrived. While eating the spider seemed to get flatter or cupped around his meal-does that make sense? Thank you so very much for your time. By the way your website is an amazing tool for people to learn about arachnids, keep it up. Regards, Grace

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10 July,  2008:
The photos I have attached are of a really neat spider found in our Central Florida backyard over the last 2 nights (s/he's gone tonight). S/He built his web between a fig tree and the ground under a motion sensor light. Smart place to find bugs! I thought the web was awesome, but photographing it in the dark was a pain!

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3 July,  2008:
Hi Glen: My brother Pat asked that I forward these photos I took to you. This spider, some sort of Orb Weaver, I think, was on the neighbor's Mango tree: Regards, Adam

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29 June, 2008:
HHi Glen, I photographed this great little Orb Weaver the other night. I also took a lengthy video of her with prey, hanging inverted from a single thread of silk, somehow spinning around and around in place. I plan to upload the video to Youtube soon. Feel free to use the pictures. --Damy

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4 May, 2008:
Hi Glen, I photographed these two little Orb Weavers the other night, along with a big Nursery Web Spider. One of these photos in this e-mail is not an Orb Weaver, but I accidentally named it that. It was in the same area as the Orb Weavers and Nursery Web Spider. I have a video of these spiders on Youtube. Feel free to use the photos.
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3 April, 2008:
Hi. I live in Alberta (just west of Calgary, in the foothills) and I took this picture of what I called "the happy face spider". I have no idea what it is, but don't imagine it is harmful. Have you ever seen such a thing? Sue

 

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2 April, 2008:

I found this neat little Orb Weaver with a perfectly round web in one of my flower pots. I have attached two photos of it.--Damy

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14 March, 2008:

Hi Glen, I was taking a walk in the woods yesterday and almost ran into this extreme booby-trap. An Orb Weaver had its web spun between some very thorny Blackberry branches. So it was a double threat! Anyway, I avoided being bitten or snagged, and painstakingly took these 6 photos. I'm still a photo noob, so I had to place my hand behind the spider to get my camera to focus on it. Feel free to use the photos if you want. --Damy

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7 March, 2008:
Hi Glen, I found your website while trying to identify a spider in my yard.  I live in Florida and have a huge spider in my front yard.  He usually comes out at night and builds his web extremely fast, as it tends to come down during the day.  I have some photos if you can try to figure out what kind of spider it is and if it is dangerous.  I have a 2 year old who runs through the yard constantly so I am a bit worried.  I hope your expertise can ease my mind. Thanks for your help. Melissa

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29 February, 2008:
 Could you also email me back and tell me what type of spider this is, I live in Michigan. Thanks Kevin

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20 February, 2008:
Hi, thanks to your web-site i managed to identify this baby! The fangs looks nasty from underneath. It's huge, the web is enormous and my wife is freaking out over it li
living in our garden...Do they go away after a while (seasonal) or should I introduce myself to my new neighbour with it's freaky red-legs and hairy backThanks, Owen.

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Reply: This is a death's head orb weaver.
20 February
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Hello , I was on your site Spiderz Rule ! to see if I could try to identify a spider in Western Australia , I have only been here 6 months and saw this spider which as it was night thought it was a small huntsman until I saw it in daylight and saw the white pattern down it's back , I thought it was a white tail but when I googled that it was not so am at a loss !!!!!! He was a very scary spider but am wondering if he is dangerous or not and what he is ....... I will understand if you dont know what it is and I couldnt find a link to upload any pic's on the website so I thought I would email you , I really hope you dont mind ......
Please find an attachment of the beast in question . ....... Any info would be great ....
Thanks Alot Mandy xxx

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20 February, 2008:
Could you tell me what kind of spider this might be? It is in southern Florida, only see them at night time. The web is huge as well as the spider. Thanks for any help. Deb K

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4 February, 2008:
Hi, I have attached some Australian common spider pictures which you may be of interest. These are mostly taken around Perth as the opportunity arose using a simple Canon powerShot A410. The last one is recent and is a jumping spider seconds after wrestling a large fly into submission. Hope you enjoy them. Regards Richard

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.

29 January, 2008:
What kind is this one? Thanks, Mac

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.

12 January
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I live in NE Florida and found this spider living in the front of my house. It only builds its web in the late evening and is gone by the morning.I  think it hides in the soffet around my front porch. Its about an inch to inch and a half long. Any ideas as to what this might be?

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Reply: Both spiders are garden orb weavers.

12 January, 2008:
Hi there, I found this spider when it invaded a web inhabited by this another enormous spider. The other spider chased it away so it started to build its own web in the Jade tree.

1 & 2 is "the other spider" who did the chasing. 3 is the one in the jade tree. As you can see it is black & white with red bands. I live in Kurmond at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Hope you can help me. Regards Carole
 

 

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