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Spider Photos -  Orbweaver (2010)

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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GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Unspecified

Reply: No - its a garden orb weaver - glen

13 December, 2010:
Can you tell me what it is please?

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12 December, 2010:
Found this guy in my house today. Around 2'' from end to end when legs are out. I'm used to the golden orb weavers, brown widows, southern house spiders, etc but this guy has me stumped. I was thinking hobo, but that doesn't seem to match up from what I've seen online. Thanks, Justin Orlando, FL

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12 November, 2010:
She was as big as the tip of my thumb!! Gorgeous! I just love spiders, my friends think I'm nuts. My boys and I found this beauty hanging out just outside of our sun room. Let us know, thanks Burgen San Diego, CA ps she was on a web not in a tunnel and she's the second one I've seen here. Also the web disappears during the day?

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Reply: No - its a garden orb weaver - glen

12 November, 2010:
Hello. Do you think this is a Wolf spider? It is about 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter with legs extended. It was found on my house on the central coast of California. No web found. It appeared more gray than in the picture.

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2 November, 2010:
Here's some more spider pictures from The Spider Pavilion! Enjoy! MC

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Reply: This looks like a tropical orb weaver but this is not its usual location - glen

20 October, 2010:
Hi, Thanks for the ID. But, aren't these in Florida and in humid weather, not in Butte, Montana? They wouldn't survive the winter here. This one is huge. Larger than a silver dollar and after a week, still no web?


 

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20 October, 2010:
Hi. I live in New York, and I found this spider on my kitchen window today. I was wondering what kind of spider it was, as I have never seen one like it before! Thanks!

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15 October, 2010:
Hi Glen, I love your site & wished there were more people that enjoyed identifying the species. This was spinning on a playground equipment. It looks sort of like a European garden spider or possible a barn spider. I just have never seen one quite so vibrant in color. It does seen to be "hairy" which is where most of my confusion is. Can you help? Thanks, God Bless, Colleen

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Reply: Hi Eric, it is really impossible to tell the type of orb weaver this is from the underside view only, sorry - glen

15 October, 2010:
Dear Glen, Hello again! I was wondering if I could ask your expertise regarding the identification of two more spiders? Please only consider my questions as your convenience permits. I went out on a nature hike this weekend and found two spiders of particular interest. 2nd pair of pics is from a spider of the Orbweaver family. I found this in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve outside of Palm Springs, southern California, USA. It was under a bridge crossing a shallow ravine full of bulrush plants. It was hanging upside down the entire time and I could not see the top of its abdomen. I slipped a piece of paper underneath only to assist in the focus of the photo. Pic entitled “Orbweaver 2” seems to represent the coloring more accurately than pic, “Orbweaver 1”, but #1 reveals a little more of its body and head. The Orbweaver was very dark, charcoal grey in color with one small pair of white spots on its lower abdomen underside. The legs were banded in off-white with the slightest hint of pale yellow. Its diameter, excluding the legs was about that of a quarter. Thank you for your consideration. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated! Warm regards, Eric

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12 October, 2010:
Hi Glen— I wrote about a month ago and sent in two pictures of Rhoda, the spined micrathena that was living above my front bushes. After our last super-severe thunderstorm, she was gone, but I did get several more better pictures of her beforehand, building one of her webs. They’re attached. A few days after Rhoda’s disappearance, there was another spider hanging in her place, which I (think) correctly identified as a garden orbweaver. I named her Lindsay Lohan since she’s out at night and red. I attach a pic of her at night and one during the day when she was hiding in a leaf of the tree her web was attached to. Unfortunately, she is also gone now. A friend of mine yesterday posted a picture on Facebook of what I think is a black and yellow argiope that she found hanging in her garden. Her husband thinks it’s a St. Andrew’s Cross, but I’m pretty sure it’s a black and yellow argiope. Which one is it? I love your site! I’ve been able to identify grass/funnel spiders all around my apartment building and am now curious every time I see any spider about what kind it is. You can use these pics for you site if you wish. Thanks again— Andrea

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Reply: No, this is Araneus mitifica - glen

11 October, 2010:
I got this from the bush. Is it a marbled orb weaver? Sanil

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10 October, 2010:
Hi Glen Man, I hate it when I do that! I have been trying to teach myself to attach the file before writing the email, but sometimes revert to old ways which makes it easy to send it off without ever actually attaching a file. lol Whats really embarrassing is when I send my resume to a company and forget to attach it. lol Here is the pic.... Ken

 

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9 October, 2010:
Hi Glen, you are welcome to use this photo for your site if you like. Thanks chris

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Reply:   It is an orb weaver and not dangerous - glen

7 October, 2010:
hello just checked out your site, and i took a pic of this spider from the eaves of my front porch... Isnt this an orb weaving spider? feel free to use the pic as well for ID on your site.. I thank you for your time in advance. ciao Cheryl

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Reply:   This is an orb weaver too and not dangerous - glen

7 October, 2010:
Hello, I live in New Hampshire in the United States and I took a picture of this Spider. It’s one of the biggest spiders I have ever seen in my life around these parts. The Web Was huge. We were washing the car and the water didn’t even phase the web. The spider just came out to take a look and then crawled back in somewhere. Can you help me identify this spider? Thanks, Ben

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Reply:   It is an orb weaver and not dangerous - glen
7 October, 2010:
Hi, Could you help identify this spider? I live in the Chicago area and I have never seen anything like this before. Thank you, Mike K.

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7 October, 2010:
Hello! I am attaching some pictures I took of a beautiful orange orb weaver. Lindsey Western Washington State

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Reply:   It is an orb weaver and not dangerous - glen
5 October, 2010:
This spider is on my patio in San Antonio, Texas. I have a small dog and need to know if this spider is dangerous. Can you tell what kind it is? Please help me.

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Reply:   I don't think its a shamrock orb weaver but it is definitely an orb weaver - glen
4 October, 2010:
Hi Glen, Attached is a picture of a spider we found outside our house in Midland, Ontario. Is this a shamrock orb weaver? My wife is convinced that it is too big to be natural to our area (bigger that a $2 coin). I think it's awesome, but she's not exactly a fan. Any information you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks, Kevin

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Reply:   Wolf spiders don't make webs. This is a garden orb weavers and not dangerous  - glen
4 October, 2010:
Hi Glen. First off, I just wanted to say what a great site you have. There is just a tremendous amount of information listed. Awesome job!! This spider has been hanging on the side of my house for the past week or so. I'm thinking it's a Wolf Spider, but am not certain and was hoping you could verify it. I've actually seen a few of these around the house outside over the past few weeks. My house backs up to a drainage stream and there are some woods behind my house also. I live in Western New York. Jack

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Reply:   These are probably a garden orb weavers and not dangerous  - glen
2 October, 2010:
Hello, I was looking for an ideas as to what these enclosed photos are found outside our shop they come back every year no matter how we get rid of them as they come out at night only and hang by the pot lights. I think there are 2 or 3 kinds as some are small in the body and some are not as well as some appearing to have red legs. I’d appreciate any information. Amanda

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  and unfortunately she will only live until Winter as that's how long their life span is, sorry  -  glen

26 September, 2010:
I am generally scared of spiders, but this spider is changing my opinion! It makes a beautiful web. I think this is a garden orb weaver? If i bring her in for winter, would she live through to spring? She has gotten a lot bigger since i took this photo in July, and as strange as it sounds, i have grown a bit attached to her, I live in NY so she will definitely die if left outside.

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26 September, 2010:
Hello! I am attaching some pictures I took of a beautiful orange orb weaver. Lindsey Western Washington State

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

25 September, 2010:
Hi there I found this spider on my porch and I don't know what he is!! I live near Rockford ,Illinois. My daycare kids love looking at him Please help!!

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  possibly one of the eriophora species!!  -  glen

25 September, 2010:
Hi, I live in New Orleans, LA USA. I was in my backyard earlier today, and noticed this crazy looking spider hanging from my house. It looks like a mix between a RED HOUSE SPIDER, and a MARBLED ORB WEAVER. i wasnt too sure, so i wanted to get your opinion?

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  who obviously got lost overnight!!  -  glen

25 September, 2010:
Glen, I took my car to get new radio and speakers. When they opened the door in the morning to do the work this is what they found. Can you tell if it is a wolf spider. Metro Atlanta area. Thanks, Trina

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver    -  glen

24 September, 2010:
Hello, I'd like to ask you for yet another spider ID. :) We sprayed it, but this spider was found in Red Bluff, Ca. indoors. He's a really scary one! Renee

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  -  glen

20 September, 2010:
Hey Glen love the web site! My wife is terrified of spiders and really wants to know what this spider is! We cannot agree and have a little 2 year old who is also curiuos and into spider “removal”!! We are in Seattle, Washington!

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  -  glen

10 September, 2010:
Dear Glen, Not sure if my first email went thru. As I said in the other one I reference your site quite frequently and just recently stumbled across this big guy. I live in Northeastern PA in a wooded area and found this on my deck. I was thinking it was a wolf spider but I've never seen one this size.. Can you help me identify him? (Or her) The pictures are yours to post if you'd like. Thank you for your time, Diane

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Reply: This is some sort of araneus but not sure which one  -  glen

10 September, 2010:
Hello Glen, I write an amateur naturalist column for the Bangor Daily News in Bangor, Maine, USA, and this summer put my attention to spiders, but I am having an awful time drawing a bead on identifications. I've accumulated four or five books over the past couple of years, but rarely do I see confidence-inspiring matches between the spiders I see and the pictures, and some photos and illustrations of spiders of the same name look nothing alike. So I have attached several photos here of spiders I just cannot find visual matches to, other than to say "orb weaver" in one or two cases. Thank you very much if you have time to take a look at these and offer names.

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver, - glen

10 September, 2010:
HI there, I live in Indiana & this was out side on our swing set- It was huge and we can't identify it- Please Help Brittany

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Reply: This one is a garden orb weaver, the other a Black and Yellow argiope - glen

10 September, 2010:
Both of these spiders were found outside our house in Manchaca, TX.. The first one looks like he has a star on him. The second one is very unusual I think. If you could help identify them I would appreciate it. We look on your site quite a bit around here. Thanks for having such a great website :) Thank You, Dana

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4 September, 2010:
Hi there. I have found your website so informative! I grabbed a picture of this fellow yesterday and was wondering if you can help identify it. You can have full copyrights to it for your website. Location: Just outside Los Angeles in the hills/mountains Time: 1:00 PM Temperature: 97 F Size: Between 2.5-3 inches Notes: No visible webs nearby Thanks!

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4 September, 2010:
Feel free to use this on the site if you want. I have no idea what this is, but I thought it was a neat shot of a neat spider hiding in his tube. The picture was taken in the thumb area of Michigan, USA. "He" is hiding in the upmost corner of my porch in this shot.

 

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31 August, 2010:
Cool site! Thanks!

 

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31 August, 2010:
Hi, I found this spider in my backyard on a tomato plant. I took this picture, then went to take another from a different view, but it was gone by the time i turned to take another picture. I just want to make sure it is harmless. Spider from Sacramento, CA. On 8/26/2010 Thank you.

 

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31 August, 2010:
I lived in Texas 12 years and never saw this one. Went back last week and saw this one in Refugio, Texas. People are dying to know about it. Thanks – I will post your site on my facebook page with 1500 fans ! Treyce

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - glen

31 August, 2010:
Hi there - I was recently hiking in Croatia and kept seeing spiders like the one in the attached pic. They had huge webs that would often span from one side of the walking path clear across to trees or bushes on the other. Not knowing whether they were venomous, I was careful to avoid disturbing them. Any idea what kind of spider it is? many thanks! Michael

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - glen

27 August, 2010:
Hi Glen, This picture was sent to me. Can you identify this spider. It was found in Northern canada close to the ground. Outside the basement. Thank you. Any informaiton is appreciated. Barbie

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  and they usually live outside- glen

27 August, 2010:
Please help me identify this spider! I live in Rocky River, Ohio (Cleveland) and found this spider in a table lamp! Rachel

 

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

27 August, 2010:
Hey Glen - Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? She/he keeps making a web outside my friend's back door in KS. Thanks! Ginny

 

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Reply: No I think this is a garden orb weaver., not a huntsman - glen

21 August, 2010:
Hello, Your site is fantastic… based on the images on your site … I believe this is a Huntsman spider, female. July 31 2010 8:52pm Near Sacramento California USA near our front door by the news paper & mail box post. Thanks Ben

 

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21 August, 2010:
Hello from Alabama. We live on Lay Lake here in Shelby County. I found this little critter the other day. Every night it creates a new web and each morning, it literally pulls it up and goes into hiding. the thorax is about the size of a 1/2 dollar. Due to the fact that we have children in the home, I would like very much to find out if big guy is poisonous. If not, we will just let him be, due to the fact that anything he munches on, is one less thing I have to worry about in my house! I appreciate any information that you could give me, thanks! Honestly, Christine []

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21 August, 2010:
Do you know?

 

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21 August, 2010:
from california

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21 August, 2010:
this spider lives on my deck can you tell me anything about it. Thank you. Terry

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14 August, 2010:
Hi, I live in East Tennessee and I have found two spiders that I am unsure of what kind they are. I'm hoping you can help. One was crawling on me during the night, I literally jumped up to the ceiling!! (first 3 pics) It was pretty big, a little bigger than a silver dollar. Then the second one made a web on my front porch. It was the size of the first one, maybe a little bigger because I never seen it with it's legs fully extended. I am attaching some pictures.. The second I find very fascinating. I love the way it looks!

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14 August, 2010:
Hello I found this guy/girl setting up camp in my window (outside). Its the most peculiar little thing! He/She builds a web every single night, catches the moths that come to my porch light and then in the morning the spider, web, body casings of prey and all are GONE! :D Its very interesting to say the least. Now I am a HUGE HUGE arachnophobic and taking the pics I have enclosed just about did me in!!! The pics look like they are taken from a very close shot but I can assure you this is NOT the case. I was sweating bullets and shaking just from standing on my porch to take the pic of him. I used the programs on my computer to enhance the pics and zoom them. Now, this little dude has been chilling there in that window for about a month now. Every night its the same and last night I found out that we have another one on the other side of our house in the window by the back porch light!! If they are not poison then I plan to just live and let live ya know? :D So long story short here, any help in identifying this guy would be most welcome! Thanks so much in advance!! ~~The pics show him eating, its a moth that my husband caught and then tossed in the webs direction so it would get caught when it flew off all confused like. So that I could then watch what a spider does when it catches prey. My husband is trying to educate me on spiders in the hopes that I will get over my unusually strong fear and give in to him wanting a Goliath Bird Eating Spider...Ha! Yeah right! Anyways, thanks for any help you can offer! Keisha

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14 August, 2010:
can you identify this spider from florida south sarasota county it appeared in my truck while driving hanging from the ceiling next to the cracked open window .scared the crap out of me. if you need more photos i have more thanks joe
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14 August, 2010:
Hi Glen. I've been looking at your website and thought I would email you to see if you can help identify some spiders. Spiders and I are not really friends. They're mostly friendly but like a lot of people, my initial instinct is extremely negative. I do know they're beneficial though so I'm trying to learn to tolerate them. They only really bother me when I find them in places where I am or my animals are a lot of the time. Spider2 and Spider3 were both found in our sunroom/patio where the dogs spend a lot of time, including nighttime.  I'm tempted to say Spider2 is a wolf spider also, because of the reflective eyes, but this spider was up in a web on a string of lights in our sunroom. There is one picture where the flash washed the spider out but caught the web, so I'm including that one. When I blew on the spider to get it to move (to see if I could get a different angle picture) s/he scurried into the nearby light fixture it looks like it's been hiding in. Both Spider2 & Spider3 are small, definitely no bigger than a dime.  We live in a smaller town about 30 minutes east of San Antonio and an hour south of Austin in Texas. We live in our own house in a neighborhood, not in a condo/apartment and not in the country. Thank you very much for any help you can provide! Jessica

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14 August, 2010:
I live in Southern California in the Ventura area. Jeneane Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Ben
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Reply: It's a a garden orb weaver and not dangerous - glen

14 August, 2010:
I live in Philadelphia Pa. and it's in my backyard, is it dangerous? Thanks in advance! Donna

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8 August, 2010:
Never seen one this big in Missouri. His body was about the size of my thumbnail. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Ben
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8 August, 2010:
do you know what kind of spider this is? thanks, Howie
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8 August, 2010:
Hi, I looked on the internet a bit but couldn't find a match and I don't know enough about them to know where to head next. I saw your site and you said "send them in" so I am! Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I live in Chicago Illinois, I have a decent yard with trees, garden etc but I am in the city proper. This guy has been coming out after dark to spin his web on my porch awning to railing - on the side of the door opposite the light, maybe about 4-5 feet then from the light. Its a very large web, and it seems like he goes into hiding during the day then respins it at night. He's easily 2" tall (including legs). I primarily want to know if its safe to peacefully co-exist because I do have myself and a dog and don't want one of us to get bitten, we do use the porch at night. I might have to catch him and release him somewhere else... Thanks! :D Dawn in Chicago

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8 August, 2010:
HI I recently took these photos of a spider on holiday in England. Originally, from across the room, I though it was a big stain on the curtain - and then it moved. I have never seen a spider with such markings in England Would you be able to identify if for me please? With much thanks Dawn


 

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3 August, 2010:
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2 August, 2010:
Hi there I was looking at your website and you have a lot of information on there. Would you be able to identify these spiders? I just want to make sure they're not poisonous since I have a lot of animals. Thanks so much for your time. Sincerely, Robin
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2 August, 2010:
This was found in my van. I've been trying to find out what kind it is and general information about it, but even looking at pictures of spiders gives me the creepy-crawlies so I was hoping you could help me out with identifying it. Feel free to use the picture if you want to.
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2 August, 2010:
Hi. I live in Central Florida and found this Black Widow living in my sons' sand and water table. It was in the hole where the umbrella would go. A couple of days later I found the other spider on the ceiling of my pool screen (on the inside). I was hosing off some ants that are trying to invade our pool via the screen and this one came tumbling down and ended up drowning. Since finding the black widow, I am a little paranoid about what this other spider is. Is it a widow (juvenile black or brown) or is it an orb weaver. Is it dangerous and should I worry that there are others as I have 3 small boys. The web seems very sturdy/sticky similar to the black widow's. Thanks, Stephanie

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1 August, 2010:
Hi Glen, I've been using your site for a couple of years now to help identify spiders and get over my phobia of them. It's been extremely helpful. I recently moved and the new house has a lot of spiders in the area, so I took some photos of them to help me ID them. The first two photos are of Garden Orb Weavers. Both build their webs in the evening and then take them down in the early morning hours. The first one lives in the wind-chime on my porch, and rebuilds in the same spot every night since the guideline hasn't been disturbed. She's about the size of a nickel. The second orb weaver is much larger. The first night we came across her I accidentally disturbed her web, which wasn't hard to do since it's guidelines were larger than me. She had built a web between the eave of the house, the driveway, and a neighboring tree. Unfortunately the guideline on the driveway was right where my roommate parks so she got disturbed. The last two photos are of a Common House Spider and it's egg sac. It's built a series of webs near the back porch light, and it's been doing really well. Thank you for having such an awesome site. Please feel free to use these photos. Sincerely, Echo

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver, - glen

31 July, 2010:
This spider has spun a web at my back door for the past 3 nights it spins its web catches food eats and by morning its compleatly gone i have a few pics i took threw the back window. no clue what it is or if its poisness but i thought it was cool looking. maybe you can tell me more info abought it? Thanks, Janice

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver, - glen

31 July, 2010:
Dear Glen, I found you website online, searching for help. We have had a new visitor to our front etrance. It is rather big, fits in the palm of our hand. It does not have the specifics described on your great and informative website, of the banana spider, different legs and body shape. I was unable to find any spider on your site similar to the attached pictures. We like to let all animals live within their chosen environments, however, my wife has a spider phobia and I may have to “move it” somewhere else. Can you assist in identifying the attached. Thank you kindly, J.R.

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

23 July, 2010:
Can you please id this spider for me. I've had about 3 or 4 in my house so far this summer. Thank you.

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

23 July, 2010:
I discovered this spider on my purse. Recently we bought a very large tv that was shipped from Mexico (we live in southern California) and is still in the box and in our livingroom and I've been setting my purse on it when I come home. That's the only place I can think of as to where this spider came from - as he started to make his home on the side of my purse. In length I would say that he was no less than 1 inch (as in the photo) but with his legs extended - closer to 1 1/4". This is a species that I've never seen before and growing up on a farm in California I've seen my share of spiders!! Thanks!!

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23 July, 2010:
Hello Glen my sister lives in Brunswick, GA and found this spider on her covered porch this July 2010. Do you know what this is? Kindest regards, Marie, St. Augustine, FL
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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver, probably a male - glen

8 July, 2010:
Glen, I came across your site today trying to ID this spider. It was on the ceiling in my house. Pics 5333 and 5336 are taken with it inside a 1 quart jar that is about 4 1/4 inches across. The other two were taken after I let it out outside. My guess is that it is either a hobo or a running crab spider. Any ideas? All the best, Reuben

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7 July, 2010:
Glen, found this spider outside my front door in corpus christi, tx. its about an inch and half long.

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22 June, 2010:
Found in Groves, Texas Thanks, Baja

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17 June, 2010:
Hi Glen, Can you tell me what this scary fellow is. Tons of them where I work. Are the poisonous? Thanks, Alan K

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver - glen

17 June, 2010:
Hello, A whole lot of these spiders recently started popping up in my apartment and apartment building in Chicago, IL. While I'm sure its not a recluse, it doesn't look exactly like the pictures I've seen of hobo and other house spiders. Hopefully, the pictures attached to this email aren't too fuzzy. I was hoping you could positively identify this spider. I've captured five in the past week or so, and I really want to know what they are. Thanks for your time! Jeff

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Reply: This is some sort of orb weaver - glen

10 June, 2010:
Hello: Could you help identify this Spider. Thanks Dave

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28 May, 2010:
H2 pictures ... spider s about ... around 3 cm big(bodywise) not legs. um hes creepy..looks more like a squid...O-o what is it...? sending 2 pics ~ Karina ( San Francisco, Ca, USA)
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24 May, 2010:
Hello. I would really appreciate your help in trying to identify a spider I found in my backyard. I live in Las Vegas NV. I have spent the past few hours on your webpage and did not find the exact one. I don't have the best camera but I have attached two photos. In the first one it is smack dab in the middle of it's web. The second is on some pavers. It is yellow in color with almost a repetitive hourglass on it's back. It is a bit furry as well. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much for your help. You can use my photos if you would like. Take care, Melody

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

21 May, 2010:
Can you please identify this spider? It has made a web outside my house the last 3 nights and always takes it down before sunrise. It has been very interesting to watch. thank you, Beth

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver and not dangerous. You could move it to a more out of the way spot though so it doesn't build its web across your doorway - glen

26 April, 2010:
Hi Glen, We found a spider in front of the entry door of our house. It doesn't seem to go away and it is a little aggressive. It seems to be a garden orb spider but we are not sure. Do you know if it's dangerous or not? Thanks for your help. Céline. Western Australia.

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Reply: These are all garden orb weavers. The ones with the smaller abdomen are males. If the first 2 were near the other photo of a giant lichen orb weaver then it could be a male of the same species - glen


1 March, 2010:
Hi Glen, While in Canada (Nova Scotia) I took these spider pictures. I was hoping that you might be able to help me identify them. First two 8472 and 8480 are of the same spider. It was quite a large spider. Found it outside dangling on a silk thread. Next one 8715 was under a leaf in the garden.  8757a and 8758 are of the same spider. It was quite high up between the wires (orb web – large spider – some sort of orb weaver) 8810 was a large round bodied spider (orb web below not in picture), thought it could be a marbled orb weaver. 8891 another orb weaver of some sort, on the small side found it out in the woods. What do you think? Thanks, Tracy

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7 February, 2010:
What kind of spiders are these, Glen? Hope you can use these pics for your website. MC

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