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Spider Photos -  Orbweaver (2015)

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

Unidentified Spiders 2016 Unidentified Spiders 2015 Unidentified Spiders 2014
Unidentified Spiders 2013 Unidentified Spiders 2012 Unidentified Spiders 2011
Unidentified Spiders 2010 Unidentified Spiders 2009 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2009 (2)
Unidentified Spiders 2008 (1) Unidentified Spiders 2008 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2007 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2007 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2006 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2006 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2005 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2004 (1)
Unidentified Spiders 2004 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2003 Unidentified Spiders 2002
Unidentified Spiders 2001    
Spiders in Amber Closeups Ant & Wasp Mimicking Spiders
Argiopes/St. Andrew's Cross Barn Funnel Weaving Spider Basilica  Spiders
Bird Dropping Spiders Black House Spiders Bolas Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders Candy Stripe Spiders Common House Spider
Crab Spiders Cyclosa Conica Daddy Long Legs
Daring Jumping Spiders Dew Drop Spiders Fishing Spiders
Funnel Web (Aus) Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers
Ghost Spider Giant House Spider Golden Orb Weavers
Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders Hacklemesh Weavers
Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders Jewelled Spiders
Jumping Spiders Lace Web  Spiders Ladybird Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena Mouse Spiders
Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders
Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion
Purseweb Spider Red & Black Spiders Redback Spiders
Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders Running Crab Spiders Scorpion Spiders
Segestria Florentina Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders
Spider Tats Spitting Spiders Steatoda
Tailless Whip Scorpions Tarantulas Tengellid Spiders
Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider Two Spined Spiders
Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders White Tailed Spiders
Widow Spiders

Wolf Spiders

Woodlouse Hunters
Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders Zoropsis spinimana Zygiella x-notata

ORB WEAVERS/GARDEN SPIDERS

Orb weavers (Araneidae) are often brightly coloured with rounded abdomens, some with peculiarly angled humps or spines. However, there is considerable variation in size, colour and shape in this group. They are often recognized for building beautiful, large, round webs, on which they rest, head downward, waiting for prey. The webs consist of a number of radiating threads crossed by two spirals. The inner spiral begins in the centre, winds outward, and is made of smooth threads like the radiating threads. It covers only the central 1/3 of the web. The outer spiral begins at the edges and winds inward. It is made of more elastic, sticky threads, coated with a liquid substance. One of the largest and most commonly encountered members of this group is Argiope aurantia, the black and yellow garden spider and we have photos of them and other argiopes on their own page. Please select a section below.
Garden Orb Weavers (1) Garden Orb Weavers (2) Garden Orb Weavers (3)
Garden Orb Weavers (4) Garden Orb Weavers (5) Garden Orb Weavers (6)
Garden Orb Weavers (7) Garden Orb Weavers (8) Garden Orb Weavers (9)
Garden Orb Weavers (10) Garden Orb Weavers (11) Garden Orb Weavers (12)
Garden Orb Weavers (13) Garden Orb Weavers (14) Garden Orb Weavers (15)
Triangulate Orbweaver Shamrock Orb Weavers Orb Weaver Spiderlings
Tropical Orb Weavers Marbled Orb Weavers (1)  Marbled Orb Weavers (2)
Giant Lichen Orb Weavers Golden Silk Orb Weavers Cat Face Orb Weavers
Araneus Alsine-like/Iviei Araneus Diadematus Araneus Nordmanni
Star Bellied Orb Weavers Furrow Spiders Arabesque Orbweaver
Araneus Cingulatas Green Orb Weavers Zygiella x-notata

GARDEN ORB WEAVERS - Unclassified

27 December, 2015:
Here are some photos of a garden orb-weaver who laid her eggs on the underside of my hot tub cover! I canít leave them there, theyíll drown and make a mess when they hatch. Iíll attempt to move them but it may not be successful. But what is really interesting is that sheís hanging around seemingly to protect the eggs. She has molted twice. I wish Iíd take a picture when I first noticed her ó she was thumbnail width then. She has molted DOWN twice, and I think she may have consumed part of the shells. You can see them in the photos. I live in the Portland, Oregon area. We have a wealth of orb-weavers in summer and fall. I have a little movie of a hatching, too, from a couple of springs ago. Let me know if you want that. These were taken with my iPhone 5c, in case you care. vb

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15 November, 2015:
Hello there! I have attached a picture of a spider I took in my backyard. I was wondering if you might be able to identify? Info: Where: Southern California When: October 24, 2015 9:00 PM Hanging from a thatched roof of a tiki hut covering our BBQ Thank you!

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17 October, 2015:
I found it yesterday in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Provo, UT.

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Reply: This is not a brown widow, it is some sort of orb weaver, resembles a furrow spider but they have smooth shiny abdomens unlike this one - glen

15 October, 2015:
I live in Los Angeles, CA. As an amateur photographer, I began challenging myself by taking photos of the bugs and spiders I encounter around my home. I like to know what Iím photographing, so Iíve also taken time to identify and learn something about each new spider or insect that I find. Thatís how I first found your very interesting website. This began when I first discovered a brown widow that was new to this area. Iíve since identified grass spiders, parson spiders, spotted orb weavers, a pirate spider, a lynx spider, and even a couple of tiny feather spiders (uloborus glomosus). Iíve also photographed brown widows (both male and female) at different stages of development. A few weeks ago, I discovered this thing hanging under a window sill on the outside of my house. Itís about 1cm long and contains at least one dead spider and much debris. (I presume the spider is dead because I tried prodding it, and it didnít respond. Also, the legs didnít move over a period of several days.) The spider was fresh when first discovered, and it and has not been eaten or otherwise disturbed in the interval, although the entire structure has become desiccated over time, and more debris and dead things seem to have been added. A young brown widow has recently taken up her post in front of it, and she presents a particularly grim and ghastly aspect! Could she have been the creature that built this? Iíve never seen a brown widow do anything like this. The structure looks something like a cocoon thatís open on the bottom. I know that there are parasitic wasps that use spiders to build cocoons for them, but this doesnít seem to be one of those. Any idea what it is or what made it? I often find odd things when Iím looking, but this one has me stumped. Thanks for any help you can give me. I enjoy cruising your website. Feel free to add these photos to your collection, if you find them useful!
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28 September, 2015:
Greetings! Enjoy your website. I was wondering if you could identify this spider I saw today. He was in the middle of a large (approx 18" diameter) orb web on some ivy on the side of my house. Unusually large for this area (Minneapolis), her body was 3/4" inch in diameter, leg span close to three inches. thanks, dan
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21 September, 2015:
What kind of spider this is. His butt is big as my thumb nail. Also we live in origin if it helps. Thank you Heather

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21 September,  2015:
Can you please help us identify this spider? We live in southern Louisiana and we have never seen one like this. Greatly appreciated, Kasey

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21 September,  2015:
I found this little guy outside my front door. He had a nicely designed web, and was facing down when I came across him.

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10 September,  2015:
I cannot seem to figure out what kind of spider this is. Please help majorly need to know!!

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10 September,  2015:
Asking for assistance identify attached picture. If egg sack attached could you let me know as well? It's really nasty looking and I would love some background on it. Thank you

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9 September,  2015:
I have searched spider charts and cannot identify this. My guess is some sort of crab spider. We assumed it was sitting on a nest of eggs, but I guess it could have also been food. It was very protective of whatever it was sitting on. We found out at moon lake campground, in the uintahs, in northeastern utah.

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Reply: This is a male orb weaver - glen

8 September,  2015:
This guy is in Rocky Ford, Colorado, USA. Can you please identify him?
Thanks
Betsy

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22 August,  2015:
Hi Glen, Couldn't find email address from when we were emailing before, but I wanted to ask you what kind of spider this is.
Only out at night in huge webs. And man, they are BIG. Some are more of a reddish orange with banded legs.
Hope to hear from you. I can get better pics tonight if this isn't good enough. Please let me know. Thanks, Sue

 

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26 June,  2015:
I live in the Yukon in Canada... Whitehorse... This spider was at work and I was told they don't belong here so I am trying to find out what it is...
 I think it is from the orb family but I just can't seem to identify it..It is a little smaller than a dime...I took it home and now it's on my balcony in the plants.
Thanks Marisa.

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23 June,  2015:
Hey, I'm from central Alberta and found this nifty spider on my car, I haven't had a chance to observe it but I did manage to get a photo and I'm hoping you can identify it. I've never seen another like it here. The photo attached doesn't show the color all that well but the darker color in the photo is actually a bright red

 

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12 June,  2015:
tropical orb weaver tampa last nite
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18 May, 2015:
Can u please tell me what kind of spider this is.

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18 May, 2015:

Hello guys,
I found this spider in the backyard in Houston Texas USA. I want to educate my daughters and other childeren about the danger of spider bites. They can be nasty. attached some photos, hope they are clear enough. Thanks, Ralph

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20 March, 2015:
St. Augustine FL

 

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17 February, 2015:

Good afternoon, Iím from South Australia and have had a friend send me a picture of an (adorable) spider that I canít identify.  At first I thought it was just a garden orb weaver but I have looked through a bunch of pictures and canít find one that looks similar, especially in the cephalothorax a section.  My knowledge on spiders is very limited but Iím always eager to learn more so any information would be appreciated. Cheers,
Emma OH&S Administrator / Purchasing Coordinator I Rinnai Australia
 

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5 February, 2015:
Hi. Any idea on this little fella found in Portugal?

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5 February, 2015:
Hi, just trying to identify this spider I found in my back garden in Spain, you seem like the people who know most. Thanks for any help.

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30 January, 2015:
Hi mate, Hope you've been well, what do you think of this baby (below). I'm going with a orb weaver of some sort, but I cannot find any documentation on the posterial horizontal white/cream line. Eye formation, and that typical waved dorsal pattern tip of the orb for me but no idea what species. What do you think the species might be ? (feel free to use the pics) Thanks. Regards, Brandon. 

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30 January, 2015:
I found this little guy hanging on my front porch a couple of months ago. I didn't see a web anywhere. He just hung there for hours and hours. I've done a lot of web searches but haven't come up with a definite answer as of yet. I would appreciate your ideas. Thank you! Feel free to use the pictures, if you would like.

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30 January, 2015:
Hi, I can across your page from google and wondering if you can tell me what this spider is please. It was found in Wollongong NSW. In this photo it's about the size of a 20 cent coin. Thankyou.

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30 January, 2015:
Dear sir, I would appreciate it if you could identify the spider in the attached picture below.

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30 January, 2015:
Hello... Just trying to make a positive ID on this pretty girl that's posted up between my carport and porch (near the light) - She's saved me from 2 red wasps so far! I enjoyed that... Anyway, I'm an amateur herpetologist and have recently been learning a little about araneae. I am thinking that she's N. crucifera (Spotted Orbweaver)... What say 'ye? Thanks for any help!

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30 January, 2015:
Hi there! I came across this spider near Willow, AK. We were at the little store and this little guy fell from the ceiling onto my aunts hat. She tipped it onto the ice cream cooler. All of us there had never seen one like this before. It would be nice to find out what kind it is. I am guessing it was about an inch and a half wide but that is just a guess. And what are those cone like things on it's butt?! Let me know if you find anything out! Thanks, Katie

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30 January, 2015:
Hello again, I was at the great wall several months ago and found this guy just hanging around the tourist. He was relatively large and didn't seem bothered by all the people around him. Are you able to identify him? Thank you for your time, Garret

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30 January, 2015:
Hello there, Attached is a .zip file of a big bulbous Orb. I love your site! I have taken some pics of this spider on our house up in NH. I tried to find one where the features like the eyes and things were clearest. I hope you can use these. In referencing your site, I concluded that this must be an orb? There were about 5 of these about the same size (huge!) all around my house. Fall had just started and it was getting cold fast so I thought they were trying to warm up. They were so huge but very slow as if they were either old or dying. Use these freely. Of course you have my permission. Darlene Washington NH

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30 January, 2015:
Hello again, I was at the great wall several months ago and found this guy just hanging around the tourist. He was relatively large and didn't seem bothered by all the people around him. Are you able to identify him? Thank you for your time, Garret

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30 January, 2015:
Hi there, I hope you can help me, I couldn't figure out how to post this on the forum, so I'm trying my luck here. Yesterday I put up my christmas tree, it's a pine tree, and this morning I found this spider on my counter, had made himself a nice little home in my tupperware container,so I'm assuming he came in on my christmas tree, I'm fairly certain its a type or garden orb, but I would REALLY like to know for sure and possibly get a positive specific ID? I'm in South Africa, we get plenty of garden orbs around all the time, but I've never seen anything like this guy before, and I've searched the internet flat today but can't find anything. Please help. Kind Regards, Jenna

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Reply: It is an orbweaver (family Araneidae); the species is Pycnacantha tribulus, known as a ďhedgehog spiderĒ. Dana

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