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Spider Photos - Orbweaver (2001-2004)

Here's some photos of those common Garden spiders from the Orb Weaving family.  I've broken the spider photos page up into sections as it was getting too big. As some are still unidentified, I've grouped them as closely as possible. I don't identify spiders as I am not experts and I like to leave that job to those who are. If anyone can help with identifying those that people have asked about, please email me so I can pass the info on. My apologies if there are some Araneus on pages where they don't belong but they are very hard to identify, especially from photos. Try this page for a species guide:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/1977/bgpage?from=5
Please select a section.

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 (2) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (3) Unidentified Spiders 2005 (1)
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 Fishing Spiders Funnel Web (Aus)
Furrow Spider Garden Orb Weavers Giant House Spider
Golden Orb Weavers Grass spiders/Funnel Weavers Ground Spiders
Hacklemesh Weavers Hobo Spiders Huntsman Spiders
Jewelled Spiders Jumping Spiders Ladybird Spiders
Leaf Curling Spiders Long Jawed Orb Weavers Lynx Spiders
Marbled Orb Weavers Micarathena Mouse Spiders
Mygalomorphs Net casting Spider Nursery Web Spiders
Parson Spiders Pirate Spiders Pseudoscorpion
Purseweb Spider Redback Spiders Red Spotted Ant Mimic Spiders
Running Crab Spiders Scorpion Spiders Segestria Florentina
Solfugids/Camel Spiders Southern House Spiders Spider Tats
Spitting Spiders Steatoda Tailless Whip Scorpions
Tarantulas Trapdoor Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders
Wandering Spiders

White Tailed Spiders

Widow Spiders
Wolf Spiders Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders
Zoropsis spinimana    

Garden Orb Weavers (1) Garden Orb Weavers (2) Garden Orb Weavers (3)
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 Pumpkin Spiders/Other Araneus Diadematus
Araneus Nordmanni Star Bellied Orb Weavers Furrow Spiders

GARDEN ORB WEAVERS

12 November, 2004:
I live in Toronto Ontario Canada and I have these two spiders living outside my backdoor. Its December 1st 2004 and they are still alive and active. Is this normal? What kind of spider are they and are they poisonous?

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12 November, 2004:
Garden Orb Weaver
Rogers, Arkansas

Craig RIchardson

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1 November, 2004:
Thanks for replying! Here's the attachment again. It's called spidey5.jpg, at about 600k. If it doesn't arrive, c'est la vie. Any idea if I could put this guy in a terrarium or something? What would I feed him? I believe he's a Garden Orb Weaver.
Thanks!!!
Brian

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1 November, 2004:
Hello, can you help me identify this spider? As you can see, I caught it in the middle of having lunch!

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1 November, 2004:
I saw this spider at a local gas station, approx. 50-75 feet from the Fox River in Northern Illinois, coming out of a garbage can...It is (was, sorry) approx. 1"-1.5" in diameter. I am just curious as I have never seen anything like this before. So if you can, pleas ID it for me!!? Thanks!!!
James Watrach
Internet Sales Manager
JimW@EFabPCB.com

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1 November, 2004:
Found this spider on the outside of the house on her egg sack could you help us ID. this spider. we live in peoria IL.


thank you
charles nelson

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27 October, 2004:
Hi,  Your website is awesome. I just thought if you wanted to add any of these pictures of a spider I found in my backyard you can. I've notice just a few others that you have posted that looks exactly like this spider. I'm assuming it falls under the garden orb weaver type.  Thanks again for the awesome website, RB, New Mexico

Click for a larger view.

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27 October, 2004:
Hi Glen,  I was trying to identify this spider, and stumbled upon your website. Would you happen to know what type of spider this might be? I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Thanks, Gilles Levesque

 

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18 October, 2004:
Hello Glen i saw your page of spider photos sent in by people. So here is  one i found in my front yard.I lvie in Pittsburgh, PA area and I have no  clue what it is. I attatched the picture. Please help me I have no clue if  its poisonous or what. Thanks,
Ethan MacManus

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18 October, 2004:
I'm sending you my best spider pics from the last couple months. Thought you might like to have them for your image library, maybe display a couple in the "known" spider pages. I'm getting better at capturing close-ups. One of these days I'll get a real good shot of that Jumper. Until then... Keep up the good work, I love your site! Cheers, Terry Lucas
Lakewood, Ca.
Click photo for some lovely close ups.

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18 October, 2004:
Hello, My name Is John Szewczyk from Long Island, New York. I was wondering if you
would be able to help me identify this spider, a resident in my back yard. Regards,
John Szewczyk.
Click photo for close ups.

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18 October, 2004:
I have thoroughly looked through your website but I have not been able to find this little visitor that lives in my window. He is noctural and during the day he hides in the groves of the window. His body (not including the legs) is 0.5 inch. I took a picture of his back and belly. He is in a web. This spider is living in outside Birmingham, Alabama USA (northern Alabama). Do you know what he is or if he is dangerous?
Thanks! Tiffany Boscan

Reply:
This is a garden orb weaver.

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18 October, 2004:
Can anyone help me identify this guy? He built a large - 2' web between the porch post and a large bush. I am in northwest Georgia.
Thanks, Sue

Reply:
This is a garden orb weaver.

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18 October, 2004:
This is an enormous spider I found in the courtyard of my building. I discovered it sucking down a fly. Judging from other photos on your page, it is a Garden Orb Weaver. Is that correct? How long do they stay in one place?

Reply:
This is correct. They usually stay in the one spot for their life span which is only about one season.

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18 October, 2004:
Hi! I found a spider that I have never seen before and I need some help identifying it. I live in Middleton, Idaho, a rural area outside of Boise, ID. We found this spider on our wooden fence this morning. It has a large hard orange body with two points and long hairy legs. On the underside is a black irregular patch. I have attached some photos and hope you can help me identify this spider.
Thanks, Skeeter from Idaho

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18 October, 2004:
I've spotted this spider in my yard, can you help me to identify it. I live in Denver Colorado. I remember seeing something like it in past falls.

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16 October, 2004:
Hi! Isn't that a real beauty? found that huge lady yesterday in my garage  ... I guess it's an araneus diadematus. they are very common here in  Germany, even tough I've never seen one with such a great colourisation. .. by the way, your spider page rocks :) greats philipp

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16 October, 2004:
Can you please help me figure out what kind of spider this is? I have been looking all over the internet to no avail.

Thanks
Myka McPeek
Office Manager
Maaco of Orange

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15 October, 2004:
Hi Glen:

This is a great service that you provide - thanks. I found this spider at my home in York, Maine, and I've always been curious what kind it is and how long it lives, etc. Thanks for any info you can provide.

Ron Winsor

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10 October, 2004:
Hi glen,  thought you might like this photo for your site (great site!). i found this poor girl(?) in an electrical panel box in manitoba, canada, i think she was quite old, moving really slow, and pooping out some black goo. a bit larger than a quarter i'd say, and very beautiful despite the death's-head on her abdomen. maybe somebody could identify her? garett beatty

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8 October, 2004:
Is this a common spider? Why is his back so big. I live in Edmonton ,Canada. I saw him tonight on the wall, could his bite be bad?
Doris

Reply: This is some sort of an orb weaver and generally their bites are not dangerous. However anyone can have a bad reaction to a spider bite so best to be careful. It may be getting ready to lay an egg sac but this sort of orb weaver usually has a large round back.

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1 October, 2004:
Hello, I found your site about a month ago, when my 7 year old wanted to know about a Brown Recluse...Since then, I have come back numerous times to identify my "yard" spiders. this one I am sending you I have seen a few times here and there, and I must admit...it does creep me out quite a bit, because of it's size...but I identified it from your site: Garden Orb Weaver - Araneus diadematus. Is this correct? And are these dangerous spiders?? Thanks so much
and Keep up the great work on your site
The Bryans, Massachusetts


 

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1 October, 2004:
Glen,
Thanks for all of the spider info... Maybe you can help me with this little guy. I found him this weekend on my friends garbage can in Irvington, NY. Is he something to be careful of? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Andrew Joos

Reply: Looks like a male garden orb weaver. Click for a larger photo.

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30 September, 2004:
Hi, I live in Lower Sackville, Canada. We had not gone in our back yard for  about a month and spiders (about 30-50 or so) have infested the entire  space. A friend came and killed most of them for me ( I was too scared) and  I took some pictures of this one which was sprayed and about to die. It was
the size of a toonie. Can anyone let me know what kind of spider it is and  if it is at all dangerous. laura_mullins@hotmail.com september 29th, 2004
 

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29 September, 2004:
I have no idea what kind of spider this is. I have searched every website I can find. I have found several of them around my house and am not sure if they are poisonous or not. This spider is about the size of a quarter but, I have seen them both smaller and larger. The webs tend to be enormous. Sometimes they go all the way across the driveway (but the main part of the web is usually 4 - 5 feet across). The body is yellow/black and the legs are black/white/orange. Please help! J

Steph
 

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29 September, 2004:
Could you help me identify what type of spider this guy is? He's been in the
same spot for two days now. I can't tell if he is dead or alive. I'd like to move him but would first like to know what he is.
Thanks,
Robin (DuBois, Pennsylvania)or  the HELP! Kristin Murphy

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28 September, 2004:
Hi, Thank you for your site. I have searched it over for the spider I am searching but have had no luck. I live in Philadelphia, PA and have recently noticed these spiders multiplying on the outside of my home. I first noticed one on my tomato plant and removed it and now I have several new ones. Can you identify this spider and is it of  concern.
I have a toddler who is fascinated by the "itsy bitsy spider" and I  don't want
her to become afraid of a spider if there is no need. Thank you for  the HELP! Kristin Murphy


 

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28 September, 2004:
Hi. I found this spider in my garage this morning. It is about the size of a quarter. Can you identify it? Thanks.

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27 September, 2004:
hello, i have just recently found about a dozen of these enormous spiders all over
the outside of my house (suburban boston). are these garden orb weavers? they all look so different... but i imagine they are the same kind... i guess they are harmless from what i have been reading, if big! I was just
curious, are there any particular reasons for the apparent population explosion? (as we have never seen anything like this around our house and they are everywhere now!)
theres another one too ...i think it must be a male? thanks
deirdre
ps. your site is neat!

Reply: Yes these are garden orb weavers.

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27 September, 2004:
Hello, Thanks for the terrific website. I was trying to identify a spider that had built a web last night on a door to our garage in Charlotte, NC. It is an orb weaving spider of some type. I've included a picture of the web (sans spider), and a fairly good closeup of the spider itself (attached to this email).
I tried to go to the other side of the web to take another picture of the spieder (ducked under it to go outside), but the spider got shy. The body of the spider appears to be fairly hairy. Can someone please identify this spider for me? Thanks, John Strebler

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27 September, 2004:
Hi there! Your site is very interesting and clearly you are very knowledgeable about these spiders all over the world. I was hoping that you could identify one these that I have found in my backyard. I live on the coast of Massachusetts, USA and these little buggers are popping up all over the place. ( 4 to be exact ) This one seems to be the largest yet. It is about the size of a quarter and spins an orbital web. Are they dangerous? Should I move them to some other location away from my family and dog?  Your help is much appreciated! Regards, Stef

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26 September, 2004:
Hey, here's a picture of an Orb Weaver living outside my window. I'm curious
how long these things live?

-Greg
 

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Reply: It's one of the  orb weaver family.

26 September, 2004:
HI, I just find this spider in my front window, and i am wondering what kind it is?  This spider actually measure one inch by and half maybe. Thanks in advance

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Reply: It's an orb weaver.

25 September, 2004:
Can you tell me what kind of spider Charlotte is? I live in N. Ida with lots of timber, she lives in the eave of my house and lives on wasps and yellow jackets. Thanks Debbi

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Reply: It's an  orb weaver.

25 September, 2004:
My husband and I are anxious to identify this guy. We call him Bob. He lives on our back porch and does a great job catching flies and today he was eating a bee. He has a gorgeous web and it's really strong.  I've bumped it a few times and it never rips or
breaks. if you could give us some idea, the pics aren't the greatest, but I'm hoping they are clear enough to give you some kind of idea what he is. We live in the upstate NY area. Thanks! Melissa and Ken

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23 September, 2004:
I have no idea what this thing is. Let me know, I live in St Louis, Mo. If it is venomous I might have to relocate it further from the house. Any larger and I will just put a leash on it and take it for a walk.

Reply:
It's a garden orb weaver. Nice pics.

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20 September, 2004:
Here are 2 photos taken on the evening of September 18, 2004 (with  flash) of a "garden spider" while spinning her web for the night. One  photo shows the hairs on her thorax and legs. Any idea what type she
is?
 

Reply: It's a garden orb weaver.

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20 September, 2004:
Here's a nice picture of an Orb Spider we found on the deck of the house (Tyler, Texas). Help us identify what kind of orb spider we found.

Regards,
Ashley Jovanovich

Reply: It's a garden orb weaver.

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19 September, 2004:
This spider makes a huge web between my house and a tree. He also survived the 70mph winds we had from Ivan this week. Is he/she just a Garden Spider?
Doug
Birmingham, AL

Reply: It's a garden orb weaver.

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18 September, 2004:
Hi my name is Alex. I would like to know if you can identify this spider for me. I'm not really into the thing but with this one I'm interested. I don't think it is the name i gave it after my research

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16 September, 2004:
G'day from the states!
I've snapped these pics from my back porch in central Massachuestts, USA. The clever little fella made a web near the back light so when all the moths circle the light they just fly right into his web. Talk about fast food! Photos are of a fresh victim. I don't know if he's going to spin the moth for later or eat its brains now. I'd say the guy/gal is about 3/4 inch or 2 cm. Not very imposing but its got a big scary abdomen. This maneater looks a lot like the 3rd pic from the left in your banner. Might they be the same and if so, should I be running away? :-)

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14 September, 2004:
Hello

Great web site. I live in Bear,DE and i found two different spiers and i have no idea what kind they are or even if they are poison spiders.Can you help?

Ron in Bear,DE

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10 September, 2004:
Hi Glenda, Your web is awesome!!!
ÖI, unintentionally, brought this spider home on my shirt, when I came back from the back yard. It was scary to see it on me. Its ~ 1 inch when it stretches its legs. We searched your site and it looks like garden web weaver or orb weaver ? My mom hopes itís a female w/eggs (can anyone tell?) She created a habitat for that spider and added big garden leaves + a few drops of water.
It seems like the spider feels very comfy in this temp habitat. It immediately used the water for either drinking or weaving.  Weíll post more photos if something hatches. thanks, Allon (me, the brave one)
My friends Mel and Oren (who were scared as much as I was to see it crawling on me
and cracked laughing when I jumped all over the place to get rid of it) (San Diego CA 8/2004)

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10 September, 2004:
Good morning! It was a rare morning for me yesterday seeing this beautiful 2-foot diameter web gleaming in the morning sun as I began the drive to work... and went back home for the camera! This 1-1/4" long spider (can someone identify?) had anchored her web at the corner house of a 4-way stop in my Sacramento, California neighborhood. The macro on my digital camera did a great job capturing close-up detail and the spider cooperated nicely (if she'd jumped with the lens and my hand only inches away I'd have probably dropped the camera!) The web and it's builder were still there this morning with only a few more minor snags in the silk fabric.

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8 September, 2004:
Hello. We found this little beauty under the back eaves in San Ramon,  CA. The kids think she is very pretty. I presume this to be Araneus diadematus, since there is one in nearby  Hayward identified on your site. She was cooperative enough to pose for
this picture, so I thought I'd share it with you. She is approximately 2" across.

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8 September, 2004:
Dear Glen,
We recently walked out of our home into the garage where we found this spider along with about 3 others the same shape and color. I've noticed that they come around this time of year every year and I have always just let them be. Now it seems that they are trying to take over our home. We found 3 in the garage, one made it's home in our back door, and one made it's home in the front window of our home. The biggest web that we have seen is one that is absolutely amazing. It is attached to our home on a corner and it is connected to a tree in our yard. The guy likes being really high I guess and he likes a big home. The web is around 10ft x 10ft. The webs are absolutley huge ! Our doors in the back our double glass doors so it's t least 5-6 foot wide and as tall as the doors. If you could just help me identify what type of spider it is so I don't have to be worried for safety sake I would greatly appreciate it. I know these pictures aren't that great but maybe you can see it well enough to tell me.

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7 September, 2004
This is a spider we found in our front yard in Lodi California (just below Sacramento). we think it is just a normal garden spider and aren't worried to much about it. We would really like to know what it is, its about 35 mm long and has fairly smooth skin. It doesn't look like it has hair from what we've seen. The pictures we are sending you are of its underside if you need more detailed photos just write back.
Thanks, Anthony

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7 September, 2004
Saw several of these spiders in southern Vermont in early September. They are probably and inch and a half in diameter. What made them  interesting was the "smile" on the abdomen. Any idea what kind it is?

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7 September, 2004
HI,
I live in Anchorage, Alaska and took this photo (see attached) of a spider hanging around our house. Can you tell me what type of spider it is?
Thanks
Donna
 

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5 September, 2004
Can you tell me what kind of spider this is? I'm near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in Canada, and they like to hang out on the outside of my house in late August...
They almost look like pebbles with legs and have 2 horn-like things on their backs...
Marit Chorney

Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.
 

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5 September, 2004
Here are some North Carolina spiders that have appear red around my home this fall..

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5 September, 2004
I don't like to kill spiders, so I got some pics as best I could without hurting it, this one kept playing dead! I thought maybe it was an Orb web spider or Garden type. I found it in my hair! It was on the deck I was sealing and dropped onto my hair it startled me but I let it crawl off and onto the deck I put a plastic bottle over it because I saw the mark on the underside thought it was interesting so I pic'd it! I live in Michigan and my deck has clemetis vines all over it I guess she figured it would make a good home! It's not a great pic but useful for the marks, feel free to use them. And by the way very useful site. Christine

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3 September, 2004
Glen, This one has set up house right outside our kitchen window. About the size of a dime. Obviously an orb spider. From other pictures, I'd say it's a European Garden Spider. Can you verify? The pictures are from both sides.
Thanks for the web site!
Michael Chin, New Jersey, United States
Reply: This is a garden orb weaver.

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3 September, 2004
I live in Johnstown, Colorado and I just took these pictures on my front porch. I know you're busy, but if you could tell me what kind of spiders the red one and the skinny dark ones are, I'd really appreciate it. I already know of the Orb Weaver... just thought you might like the pictures. Thanks!
- Jazzmin

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3 September, 2004
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS SPIDER IS DANGEROUS AROUND CHILDREN

THANK YOU

Reply: This is a garden orb weaver and not dangerous.

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2 September, 2004
Hello, My name is Tammy and I live in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. We have had
this beauty living in the outside mirror of my car since the beginning of  June this year. She has been a delight to watch but what kind of spider is  she. She must really like her spot because she has been all over town with me,  Wal-Mart, Safeway, Banking, etc. When I get back she re-attaches her web to
the ground and continues to reside in my mirror. With winter coming, we are a little concerned about her welfare and we
were wondering if it is possible to keep her inside with us until spring  returns. How would we care for her and do you think she would be OK with  this? I hope you do not think we are being too silly. I have never really appreciated the actual beauty of spiders before so this is all new to me.
I sure hope you can help us out with these few inquires. Blessings Love & Light
Tammy

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2 September, 2004
Hi i just saw this spider in my back yard and i would like to know any information you have, if you dont have any info, maybe you can do something better with this picture.

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2 September, 2004
Hi! My husband and I found this spider on our porch tonight. His web was gigantic! Approx. 5 feet by 5 feet. The entire body of the spider legs and all is larger than a half dollar. There have been two others on your site that are identicalÖmainly the one on 21 September, 2003:from Gaithersburg MD. That town is very close to my own so itís no doubt itís the same spider. Here are some pictures to share. I would love to find out what this thing is. Thanks!
Laura & Crow Witchel
Silver Spring, MD

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2 September, 2004
I found reading your spider site to be very informative and  entertaining. Thought I'd send along a photo of a spider I caught  making it's web this evening in Bolton, Massachusetts. Haven't a clue  what it is, some kind of Orb Weaver I guess, but it's a pretty little thing.
 

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30 August, 2004
Hi guys,
Friends suggested I send along these photos of this spider which hung in my front window all day yesterday. We thought perhaps it was a garden spider, but it looks a bit like the recently posted photo of an orb weaver from Boston. (We're in Arlington, MA, just a few miles from Boston.) Estimating, I'd say the leg-span is about 3 cm. front to back, 2 cm. side to side.
Reply: Looks like a male garden orb weaver. Click for a larger view.

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30 August, 2004
Hi, We found this spider at a relatives cottage in Nova Scotia, Canada. It's all curled up in this picture. Any idea what it is? In this picture, the spider was about 3/4 inch to one inch long.

Thanks in advance

Reply: Looks like a shamrock orb weaver.

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30 August, 2004
Hello Glen,
Yeah, everyone is right...I love your website. Anyhow from looking at your site and photos others have attached, I can best guess that my photo is what you call the Orb Weaver. Is that right? I first saw it last night in the center of a pretty big web from my patio cover to a bush. Today I saw it underneath the roof of the patio. Where does this spider come from. Note my patio cover is approximately 3wks old. My concerns are:
What kind is it (if its not the weaver)?
Is it venomous?
Should I kill it or let it go?
Thanks a bunch in advance!!
Rod.San Diego, Ca.
Reply: Looks like a garden orb weaver and quite harmless.

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29 August, 2004
Any Idea's? Is it dangerous? Thanks in advance..

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29 August, 2004
Hello,
I live in Carbondale, Colorado and am enjoying this spider who has built a web on my house. I suspect that it is an Orb Weaver.
John

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29 August, 2004
Can you please help me ID this spider? My daughter, her husband & my new Granddaughter live in Military Housing at Fort Meade, MD, USA. Their house is constantly overrun by insects including the one pictured below that her husband killed this morning. She is very worried that one might hurt the baby! She is also worried that while they are gone for approx 5 months (Training) that the whole whose will be overrun & that she will return to find the place engulfed in 1 big spider web! Please help!
Sincerely,
Grandma Mary
Pensacola, FL

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29 August, 2004
I have attached a photo of a spider that I found in my back yard. I live in Northern Illinois, I have searched all over the internet and cannot identify this spider can you help. The color is a little off, the actual spider is
darker and it's legs are a little more red in person. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Nancy Farrell
Medinah, IL

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26 August, 2004
I have this spider in my front yard that builds from the tree down, can you help me identify it? Picture attached.
Dedra

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26 August, 2004
Beautiful Orb Weaver in Rogers Arkansas
Craig Richardson

 

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26 August, 2004

Hi,
I have a spider thatís decided to move in to my deck and I canít seem to find on the web what kind of spider it is. Iím attaching a photo I took of it, maybe you might know off hand. Any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated. I live in central Minnesota.
Thanks.
Dave. 
Reply: Your little guest looks like an Araneus orb weaver,  possibly the shamrock spider Araneus trifolium. In any case it is harmless, and a nice "deck"orative little creature to have around.
- Nathan Hepworth

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25 August, 2004
We are from Massachusetts. Do you know if this is common to the area?

Click for a larger view.

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24 August, 2004

Hi, I live in Maryville Tennessee, and I have seen this spider building a web a couple of times this summer. The actual size is about 2 inches including the legs. Any Idea what is it.
Thanks,
Frank

Reply: This and the one above look  like garden orb weavers which are common in summer.

Reply: It appears to be the species  Neoscona crucifera - Nathan Hepworth
 

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27 August, 2004
Hi,
I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. My dad found a spider in our back yard while taking down a fence. Havenít a clue what it is. It is sitting on a ĺĒ thick board.
Shaun Quigg, L.A.T.
Landscape Architectural Technologist

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14 August, 2004
Hi- Nice site. I've attached a picture of a spider living outside our window in northeastern NC on the coast. Can you tell me what kind it is ?

Thanks,

J. Rendall
Wilmington, NC

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5 August, 2004:
Glen - in my quest for finding the true identity (and have yet to) I thought I would submit this one for your site. This was located today in Berkley, Michigan, USA. I know it's an Orb
Weaver, perhaps of a marbled variety, but the stripes on its back were moreof a zig-zag. Up until today I didn't know what an orb weaver was, but after an hour on the internet, I've learned quite a bit. If you or your visitors have any thoughts, that'd be fantastic!
Regards,
Mark Noble
(248) 506-0587 Wireless

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26 July, 2004:
Hi!
I was hoping you could help me identify this spider from Rhode Island, USA. It started with just one very large spider and now my entire garage is COVERED with them.......they vary in size, the largest is bigger than a quarter, but i've counted over 200 in one night! They do create webs and it looks like they're trapping insects and eating them because the garage is now spattered with blood and guts. They are out all night working busily but are no where to be seen during the day. Please let me know if you can identify these........we're debating calling the exterminator but will hold off if they are not harmful spiders Thank you so much, please email at kellygrennan@yahoo.com. Kelly!

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23 July, 2004:
Hello can you help identify, Duane Michael Geiler

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19 July, 2004:
Found this lovely specimen in our backyard here in Los Angeles, CA.  Any idea what we're looking at - and any danger to the kids ?

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8 November, 2003:
Reply:

Regarding the orb weaver spider shot submitted on Oct 5, 2003, we at The Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp near Harleyville, SC have decided on: Neoscona domiciliorum) There doesn't apprear to be a common name, so we use Red-femured Spotted Orbweaver.
Mark

5  October, 2003:
Just got a shot of a beautiful spider - barn orb weaver I think. He definitely wasn't in a barn , just under the porch. Boy have these guys been around this summer in Foley, AL.

Rosalie Wolfe

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24 October, 2003:
I found this large spider hanging from our clothes line in the backyard. The web, a perfect orb, had rather long guy wires supporting the whole thing from the top of the clothesline to the ground. From this and other sites, I suspect it is species Araneus diadematus. If anyone knows different, I'd sure like to know. Picture taken with Olympus 550D digital camera.

Mike Sumner, Bountiful, Utah.

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28 September, 2003:
Enclosed are two photos of an orb weaver I tracked in Burlingame California (near San Francisco International Airport) in mid September of 2003. This specimen was orang-ish, although many others in my garden were a dull brown. I captured them, kept them in aquariums, tracked them outdoors, fed them, played with them. I may have been a nuisance to them, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. They are truly fantastic creatures.

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26 August, 2003:
respected sir !
there are three digital imeges of spiders , i take .
THANKING YOU !
RESPECTED & REGARDS !
DEEPAK KUMAR " VIDHYARTHI "
# 321, NORTH CIVIL LINES,
GANGAL WALI GALI, ANSARI ROAD,
MUZAFFAR NAGAR-251001,(UTTAR PRADESH),INDIA.

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20 July, 2003:
Here's a couple shots of my new garden pet that I feed June bugs, caterpillars, etc. to keep him around...
//Todd
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20 July, 2003:
Thank you, here are two views of the spider. One shows the web better, the other shows the bell-like black marking on white rectangle. Hope that you can help us identify this spider!! The bell looks just like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia!
Margaret
aboard Bob Cat
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20 July, 2003:
Hello - I found this super ugly spider hanging in a nice circular web outside my window. It's got 2 large 'spikes' or 'humps' on it's backside and it's legs are banded. If you can identify this, is it harmful? I live in a very rural city in Utah.
Thanks!
Mandy
If you want to use these pics for anything - feel free.

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16 June, 2003:
Here is a picture of a Labyrinth Spider, Metepeira. This orb weaver  doesn't hang out in the centre of her web, she builds a little house of  sticks which is connected to the web with guy lines. She will leave her
shelter to capture prey. This picture shows a Metepeira snuggled up in her shelter. Happily, I found one of her offspring yesterday, and hope to get some pix with prey.
barb
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14 June, 2003:
Just thought you might want to post this picture of a Star-bellied Orb Weaver with a Junebug. Photo taken in  NE Pennsylvania a few days ago. I guess this spider is
well distributed across the USA.
Regards,
Jim
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11 June, 2003:
The garden spiders are back... every summer they come out, and throw up webs around the house here in So. California. This one happened to be a extra-large one...
//Todd

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9 March, 2003:
Hello,
I'm attaching an image (that I just took) of an orb weaver... at least I think that's what it is. I did some research on the web and found that the Araneus diadematus may be found literally everywhere; but I found no mention of the "weaver" found in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in the city of Hayward, about 30 miles from downtown San Francisco. Can you help me identify if this is an Araneus diadematus?
Sincerely,
James E. Ryan
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29 September, 2002:
Found this little female orb weaver here in west Texas. I have not been able to locate any specific variety name, nor have I seen this color variety online anywhere. Any thoughts? I have higher resolution photos if you would like to see them.  The web is a typical spiraling orb web, hole cutout at the center, no zigzags or other ornamentations.
Steve Anderson, EE
high_voltage_fun@hotmail.com

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3 July, 2003:
Reply:

The two photos by Barry from Sept. 18, 2002 (excluding the sideways photo of Argiope aurantia) are of Mecynogea lemniscata (basilica orbweaver):

http://floridanature.org/species.asp?species=Mecynogea_lemniscata

Josh Hillman, FloridaNature.org
8 September, 2002:
Since moving into a my house about 8 months ago...I have seen all sorts of spiders that I never saw before. I noticed this spider (argiope1.jpg) in my shrubs just a couple of weeks ago and was concerned it might be poisonous but was amazed at the unique web it had spun. After finding this web site and identifying it as a St Andrew's Cross spider, my interest for spiders that I lost in my childhood suddenly returned. I'm not sure exactly what the other spider is. Looks similar in shape. Is sitting on an inch long cylinder ... maybe an egg sac? Just wanted to share my find and story w/ you.
Barry
Durham, NC USA

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12 May, 2002:
I took this photo just last night. Whilst I was looking for a site to try and identify it. Thought it appropriate to send
Cheers Driess

 

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4 September, 2001:
Hi I have this spider outside my house right now and Its nasty looking  could you tell me what kind it is Thanks it makes a huge web and its about the size of a quarter enclosed are some pics.

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23 September, 2001
Thanks for a great site!! I found this spider outside my window and everyday I have knocked down it's web. I had no idea that it was this big!! Yuck!!! My boys love looking at it while it ate the prey it caught and my husband and I tried diligently to get some good close ups. Do you happen to know the species? Thanks!!

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Here's two lots of photos of a similar looking spider, another of the orb weaving garden spiders. Click each photo for a larger view.
27 August, 2001:
Good morning, I am very fond of the spiders and snakes here on my little acre in Citrus County, Florida. As long as they're outside the house. I have observed this little lady for about a month now as she builds her web every evening just after the sunset. In the morning she descends to a point about 24 inches above the ground, cuts away the anchor line and rides the remaining web upward while she collects the entire web with her long legs and returns to the tree for the day. She is very tolerant of my photographic efforts as I return nightly in attempts to improve my pictures. Here are several of my better shots. The engineering that goes into the construction of this web is outstanding. I have watched this animal, or others related to her, for years at this same location.
I am using a Kodak 4800 Digital camera. Thanks for a great web site.
Regards, Rich Elsner
In Pine Ridge, Citrus County, FL

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23 July 2001:
I think it is a garden spider, common in Florida, but I can't find a good picture that looks almost exact. You can use the picture at will. Picture from Massachusetts, United States.

Thanks
Nathan Vignola

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19 May 2001 Looking to identify this spider who has started weaving a web about every other night in front of my home... Bob

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31 March, 2001: Here's some photos and comments by John:
"Your spider page is excellent, even better - it is the best and most informative site on the topic I have been able to find on the web in two hour's searching.

I am not a spider aficionado, but have noticed a spider in my driveway every now and again for several months now. This individual has an intricate circular web about 10 feet off the ground, hanging from a tree - so far pretty ordinary - but has one thread hanging off the web with - hanging at the bottom of it - a piece of gravel stone lifted off the driveway. This appears and disappears - so the behaviour is repeated regularly. Somehow this animal has got into the habit or otherwise of hoisting up a stone for some obscure purpose.

Has anyone come across this before? Or can anyone identify this animal or behavior off-hand or refer me to someone who might be able to help? I live in Adelaide, Australia. Again, your website is a credit to your school and the individuals who contributed.
John Shortt-Smith"

 

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25 February, 2001:
Here's some photos I took  with my digital camera. Unfortunately digital cameras are not meant for really good close up work, but these didn't turn out too badly. It was very interesting to see this big fellow (an Orb Web spider of some sort) out in his web in the morning and he really enjoyed the spray I gave him with the hose while watering. Click on each photo for a larger picture.

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