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Spider Photos -  Orbweaver (2012)

Here's some photos of those common Garden spiders from the Orb Weaving family.   My apologies if there are some Araneus on pages where they don't belong but they are very hard to classify. Try this page for a species guide:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1972/bgpage
Orb weavers (Araneidae) are often brightly coloured with rounded abdomens, some with peculiarly angled humps or spines. However, there is considerable variation in size, colour and shape in this group. They are easily recognized because of their  beautiful, large, round webs, on which they rest, head downward, waiting for prey. The webs consist of a number of radiating threads crossed by two spirals. The inner spiral begins in the centre, winds outward, and is made of smooth threads like the radiating threads. It covers only the central 1/3 of the web. The outer spiral begins at the edges and winds inward. It is made of more elastic, sticky threads, coated with a liquid substance. One of the largest and most commonly encountered members of this group is Argiope aurantia, the yellow garden spider and we have photos of them on their own page. Garden Orb Weavers are NOT dangerous (but can bite as can most spiders) and rid your garden of many unwanted insects. They only live for one season and die off as Winter approaches, leaving their egg sacs behind to hatch out next Spring. Please select a section below. Here's a short video (3Mb) sent in by Aaron Knapp. Click here.

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Orb weavers (Araneidae) are often brightly coloured with rounded abdomens, some with peculiarly angled humps or spines. However, there is considerable variation in size, colour and shape in this group. They are often recognized for building beautiful, large, round webs, on which they rest, head downward, waiting for prey. The webs consist of a number of radiating threads crossed by two spirals. The inner spiral begins in the centre, winds outward, and is made of smooth threads like the radiating threads. It covers only the central 1/3 of the web. The outer spiral begins at the edges and winds inward. It is made of more elastic, sticky threads, coated with a liquid substance. One of the largest and most commonly encountered members of this group is Argiope aurantia, the black and yellow garden spider and we have photos of them and other argiopes on their own page. Please select a section below.
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GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Unclassified

16 November, 2012:
What spider is this? We went walking to Knobby Rock weeks ago in Harlan County KY and this scary thing was coming after me, hahaha, My husband Jeff with our small camera was right upon it to take photos.. I wasn't about too!!!! One photo you can see the small camera, the camera is 2x4 1/2 inches ... so we are guessing with it's very long scary legs maybe 5 or 6 inches long. I'm already scared to death of spiders and seeing this critter coming, hahaha, well lets just say Jeff,and our kids Ariel and Mikey had a good laugh.. lucky I didn't jump off the Rock, lol!!! Please help us... this is one scary spider!!!!! I think the only large spiders we have here in KY are wolf spiders.. I've tried to find anything like this on the internet.. but with no luck? Does KY have tarantula? and also in the photos it's hard to see it's eyes. can you help? we would love to found out what spider this is. Thank you sooo much, Tammy
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16 November, 2012:
Hi Glen, I have attached a couple of pictures of a large (Im guessing) Garden Orb spider on a large web stretched across our backyard (San Antonio, TX).? My wife would like to know if it is dangerous (poisonous) before she lets any of our granddaughters go into the yard to play again. I would appreciate any information you could share. You may use the images on your website, if you find them useful. =Bill

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16 November, 2012:
Hello Glen, great. Many Thanks for your assessment. I have a few more spiders which are waiting for identification. :) I will send them gradually. First this spider. Location: Costa Rica, Santa Elena, at night in garden (Tropical forest near around) Length around 17 mm, photographed in February 2012 Best regards Basti

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16 November, 2012:
I like to take pictures of wildlife around my property and the other night I noticed a rather large spider (in my opinion of course) had built an orb web from a Live Oak tree next to my house. The color is brown with a yellow area on the underside of the abdomen. Inside the yellow area is a smaller black area. I have some decent pictures of it and would be happy to send them to you if that is OK. 2 nights after I noticed it, I seen a smaller species of the same spider along side the bigger and they seemed to be performing some type of ritual. The smaller spider would get close to the bigger one and "strum" the web a few times before arching it's body backwards before slamming it's abdomen into the larger species. I'm not worried about them being dangerous or anything just curious as to what type of spider they are. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks again. R

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16 November, 2012:
Wondering of you know what this is? Didn't look like any on your list. It is in our Jackaranda tree and is about the size of a silver dollar. Cheers. Randy

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Reply: These are orb weavers - glen

15 November, 2012:
I just wanted to say I embarrassingly enough have just discovered your site and I love it. I recently received a new camera & love taking pics of the critters here in north west FL...of course spiders are one of my all time favorites! I'm not great or anything and the spiders are common here but I thought you might appreciate seeing some of the pretty spiders my yard has to offer

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2 November, 2012:
Orb weaver spider showing fangs and orb weaver feeding on fly from Ellen

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2 November, 2012:
H I found this spider climbing on my car up in the woods near a lake in Northwest Washington. It looks to me like a Fishing, Wolf, or Ground crab spider from the photos I've found of each... it's too darkly colored to identify much in the way of an eye pattern. But from the eyes I can see it has 6 of them, 2 slightly larger ones on either "corner" of it's head then 4 slightly smaller ones in the middle of it's head tightly grouped together. None of the eye patterns I've found really match this one... I found one really low quality picture of a wolf spider on your site that matched the extremely dark body color with the single white stripe on the butt but other than that one photo most of the Fisher photos look more similar to it to me... Then I found a different site that had a crudely drawn eye patterns chart and on it the Ground crab spider eye pattern looked very similar to this one and this ones front leg sets appear to be longer than it's rear leg sets... Those 3 types of spiders all look very similar to me in the photos though and each have things that look like things on this spider... Do you know what type this is or have tips for identifying it?

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2 November, 2012:
Front n back view of spider found on my tree .would like too know what kind of spider it is .

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2 November, 2012:
I'm pretty sure this is an orb weaver? Is it not any ways, just wanted tall to have this picture

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2 November, 2012:
Found this fat guy outside my back door in West Los Angeles. Not sure what kind he/she is. Any idea? Sorry the pictures aren't superb. I loaned my better camera out! Thanks much, Craig

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2 November, 2012:
What kind of spider is this

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2 November, 2012:
Hello! My name is Claudelle, I live in Massachusetts I need help identifying these two spiders. One of the spiders I think i've identified as the american house spider. The other one i'm not sure of at all I was thinking it was one of the orb weavers but i'm not sure which species it is. Thank you!

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2 November, 2012:
It was on my deck by a lake in Maine. It's about 2-3 inches in diameter. And it scares the crap outta me! Tami

 

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2 November, 2012:
this spider? I have looked at lots & lots of pictures of Orb weavers, but haven't found this one. I'd be very grateful if you could tell me what it is. I live in New Mexico, USA

 

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2 November, 2012:
We found this in our neighborhood. This was found on a branch in the back yard. After research we can not find out what it is. We live North of Seattle Washington. Anne & Chuck

 

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2 November, 2012:
Thanks for the info .thid spider enjoys eating the bee's off my treee..

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2 November, 2012:
We opened up our back door tonight and there it was.. It is smooth (hairless), about an inch or so in size in its "pose" in these pictures, primarily white or ivory with black sides and tops of legs. It also has spun a big beautiful web. I thought maybe it was an orb spider going off of the pictures online, but it is completely smooth.. Maybe you can help me place it. I would like to know if he/she is harmful to my kids or if he is just pretty to look at. Thanks for your help!

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2 November, 2012:
What is the name of his spider. thank you , norm

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25 September, 2012:
Hello Glen! First I want to say THANK YOU! Living near the woods in North Carolina I have come to be a huge arachnid fan! I had a few questions for you if you have time to answer them.  Second question (next image), came across this lovely brown lady(guy?) on the side of my house. It is about 5 feet up and out in the wide open. it shakes its web vigorously when I walked by the first time, but when I went out to take pics it calmed down after a bit. It's lovely, but again I'd love to know what it's called. Thanks soo much for taking the time to read this and help me if you can. I really appreciate it! Best Wishes! Kitty Smart

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25 Sept, 2012:

Hello Spiderz Rule, This spider made a pretty good sized web on our deck. It is brown speckled. Any orange-y details are because the sun hit it just right. I would say body is over 1/2 inch long. Would you be able to help with type? Is it dangerous? Thanks!

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9 Sept, 2012:

Hey there, I live on the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA, USA. I found this critter making a web across my back yard picture window so I had to photo him and figure out what type he is. From the helpful info on your site I'm thinking a Furrow Spider but not sure. Any advice would be great. Great site, thanks for the info! Bill J

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8 Sept, 2012:
This is a spider I found in my bedroom. Its beautiful! I am wondering what type of spider it is? Should I be worried about it being poisonous? Any info will be appreciated. Thank you. Terri from Del Valle Texas

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8 Sept, 2012:
Hi Glen! This is the rather large, Orb Weaver, you identified for me last time. I thought you might enjoy! I took them a couple days ago, after noticing it had caught something (I think it was some type of red wasp) in its web. It almost looks like its wrapping its prey in saran wrap! -Meg P.S. Do you happen to know what "family" of orb weavers, this ones from?

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3 Sept, 2012:
Hi there, These two beauties are guarding our deck here in Brooklyn, NY USA. Any idea what they are? Best, Isaac

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2 Sept, 2012:
Hey i recently encountered a spider which i looked up on your site. Which was very helpful and easy to find. It was taken in Pennsylvania and i also have another picture of a spider i cannot identify. I would like you to have these pictures for your website. Enjoy. Feel free to email me back if u need more information

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2 Sept, 2012:

Glen, Please help with identifying the spider in this photo. It has been hanging out above the pool for the past few days. Yesterday it was submerged under water for 2-3 minutes when the wind pulled the open umbrella (that the spider was on) into the water. Paula

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2 Sept, 2012:

hello. was hoping that you could ID this spider for me. it is outside my back door and comes there every night. he makes a new web every night? hope you can help! thanks!

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2 Sept, 2012:

Hello. I was wondering what this spider might be? I couldn't find any that looked just like him (or her)... It has shown up every night this week - in the same place with a new web... so I have named it kyle. Kyle now has his (or her) own flashlight to attract extra bugs :) ...granted, he is only a foot away from the porch light to begin with, but still. Anyhow, thanks for the help! Kate, Michigan

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2 Sept, 2012:

Can't find answer to this spider question; Can you help me?

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2 Sept, 2012:

Hi, I live in western Pennsylvania and I discovered this spider one evening on our back patio. Any ideas? Just a curious fan of spiders!

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2 Sept, 2012:

Hi Glen! I have released Icky, she was getting too big and wasnt catching enough food inside, so i let her outside so she will eat more before winter comes. I was at the bus stop today and seen this quarter-sized orbweaver. She was eating something and was a rather hairy girl. I got one photo of her that I just LOVE. I think it might be one of my best spider photos yet, the hair was just an added bonus. Casey

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26 August, 2012:
Hey, I took these photos of a big spider that we found at our lake house. I cannot identify it. I don't think this is a wolf spider due to the web, which is two to three feet in concentric circles. It is approximately 2-3" leg-tip to leg-tip. Body is 1.5" long. Pretty aggressive if you get close (raises its front legs). It's bigger than what I've seen before. Any thoughts? Thanks, Kevin

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26 August, 2012:
Hello - I was visiting your site spiderzrule.com to try and identify a spider that we have recently acquired. The spider will spin its web as night fall approaches and take it down during the day (not uncommon as I have now learned). I have pictures of the top and bottom of the spider that I have attached, I have other photos that aren't as close up of it sitting in the center of its web. (I included one of them but my flash washed the color out in the light, the spider is a tannish brown color). I thought a close up photo would be more helpful than one at regular resolution for identification. The shot from underneath isn't as sharp but I can get another one, if needed. I found a page on facebook "spiderzrule" but I didn't know if it was the same as your website and I didn't know if you wanted pictures posted there, if it was your facebook page. Anyhoo. Any thoughts on the species of this spider? We are in Piru, California, USA (Southern California, Ventura County) if that helps any. Thank you so much, Cliff

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20 August, 2012:
Hi Glen, I got more photos of our orbweaver guest. she sure has grown. she is now 1 cm long and still living above our shower quite peacefully. and though we are still finding the odd yellow sac spider, we have noticed less of them since she has been here. Sometimes i gently mist her web to give her some water. shes got some very pretty markings on her, i cant wait to see how she looks as she grows more, but my husband says soon she will have to be put outside because she is getting big. i will miss her, shes a very well mannered spider. sits in her web, catches our fruit flies and minds her own business.

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Reply:   These are all different sorts of garden orb weavers - glen

19 August, 2012:
HGood Day, All of these spider photos were Taken in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. I am looking to see what kind of spiders they are and if they are poisonous, thanks for your assistance. Troy

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19 August, 2012:
Hey Glen! I found this rather large, 3-4 inch spider today. He looked pretty intimidating... I was honestly a little nervous to do my acrobatic climb on the top railing, to get his picture... But he apparently felt the same way about me.... He saw me coming from a good 20 ft, and scampered away, to an opening in the awning (photo #2), where he hid till I walked around the corner. It took a couple tries, but I managed to sneak up, and snap a couple photos. I've never seen a spider like this... He was extremely hairy, almost spikey looking... And kind of resembled an Orb Weaver, but much much larger, and with ALOT more hair, than any type I've seen around here. Any ideas? Thanks! - Meg

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21 July, 2012:
Some orb weavers from Ellen
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19 August, 2012:
spider, wagoner county, ok
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19 August, 2012:
What type of spider is this?

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Reply:   It is not a widow spider, it is some sort of garden orb weaver - glen

21 July, 2012:
Hello from Delaware! I found this spider web in my yard last night and could not find any web sites showing this spider. Would like to have it IDd if possible. I would greatly appreciate your assistance. Thanks again, Jerry

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21 July, 2012:
Hi Glen, I find the spider in the picture attached often around my house, usually in my yard. Im not sure if this spider is venomous. Based on your page, I believe is a Garden Orb Spider. I live in Boca Raton, South Florida. If possible, please help me identify the spider so my wife will calm down about it (she is terrified about spiders) Thank you. Thiago

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Reply:   It is not a widow spider, it is some sort of garden orb weaver - glen

19 June, 2012:
Greetings,You were a great help 2 years ago helping us ID a spider, we now have another. This guy was in our mailbox yesterday, actually did not seem aggresive but rather shy, I took it out and let it go, well today in our mailbox was a female Black Widow, not sure if this was a male Widow or not? Our box seems popular for spiders of all sorts... "we live in SC" Thank you, Charles

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

26 June, 2012:
Hi, This spider has set up outside my front door, and we have to walk under his web multiple times every day. I want to know if I should be concerned. He is much larger than our average spider. I live in San Diego, CA if that helps. I appreciate your help. Thank you, Julie

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More from Sofiann: Hi again, I have scoured the web endlessly and think we have a winner. I am 99% sure it is a variation of the White-Banded Orb Web, Zealaranea crassa. Apparently their colouration and patterning can vary quite a bit but it is a close match to the other images that pop up if I input the species name into google

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

25 June, 2012:
Hi there, you kindly helped me ID a spider a few weeks ago. Well I have another for you. Found in garden today, down here in NZ. I have zoomed in a lot - she was about 6mm body length not including legs. I am presuming it is a she - can't see any enlarged pedipalps. I am leaning towards orb web (Eriophora pustulosa? I know their colours can vary) or orb weaver type? But have scoured my books and online and haven't found an exact match yet. Its certainly an interesting colour combo with yellow strip, burgundy on front of abdomen and pink/purple on legs. Would love to know for certain what species she is. Thanks and hope to hear back from you, Kind regards Sofianna

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - glen

7 May, 2012:
Hi again Glen! Ive got another one for ya... Ive sent you three attachments in this emal. I found this one once again on my porch close to knoxville TN. These were some of my favorite pictures Ive taken so far. The spider was suspended in mid air on one single strand of silk, it may of actually been in the process of spinning the web when its unfortunate prey got stuck in it. One of the photos, is of it wrapping its prey (I'm pretty sure the camera actually caught the silk being extruded from the spinnerets) I wish I could have gotten you a picture of its head and eyes but unfortunately, the dorsal side of the abdomen was mainly all I could capture, but it does have some markings on it. I do not think it is poisonous, but once again, for my one year olds sake I would like to know for sure... I see this species of spider more than I do any other ( inside and outside the house) Any wisdom at all would help. Thanks again! -Meghan

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

11 March, 2012:
Hi, I was wondering what kind of spider this is? He was sitting on my screen door for about 2 days then left (this was in August). He was pretty hairy and in between the size of a nickel and a quarter. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and I was assuming is was an Orb Weaver. Any ideas? Thanks so much. - Kris

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

11 March, 2012:
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his spider is one of 2 that was found in Tucson hiding in a lawn chair. The first one was a lot hairier and bigger. Could you tell us what kind it is. We are from Canada. Thanks, Sydney

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

10 February, 2012:
HI was building a log home in northern NH and this fella was hanging from this back legs off of one of the beams on the deck. Looked like he was waiting to catch something. I cant identify it on any site. Have you ever seen this species before?

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver and not dangerous to anyone except insects - glen

21 January, 2012:
Hi, Hoping to get some helpful info on my newest housemate in Sydney, Australia. This big guy has been coming out each night and hiding away during daylight hours. Whilst it's web is most inconvenient in my front doorway, its keeping away any door-to-door salespeople, so can stay as far as Im concerned. If not poisonous to humans, should I be aware of it being any danger to my small pets if they were to aggravate it? Cheers, Aleatta

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Reply: This is a garden orb weaver  - glen

14 January, 2012:
Please identify this spider, we've never seen any like it anywhere before! Spider was about 3/4 inch in size (body only) brownish orange, soft body, hairy all over, very spikes legs.

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