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Spider Photos - Araneus Orbweavers

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 an expert 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:
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    


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 yellow garden spider and we have photos of them 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)  
Shamrock Orb Weavers Orb Weaver Spiderlings Tropical Orb Weavers
Marbled Orb Weavers Giant Lichen Orb Weavers Golden Silk Orb Weavers
Cat Face Orb Weavers Araneus Alsine-like/Iviei Araneus Diadematus
Araneus Nordmanni Star Bellied Orb Weavers Furrow Spiders


5 August,  2008:
Hi Glen, I love your site! SO MUCH INFORMATION. I tried my best to go through it all to identify this spider before emailing you, but had no luck finding this one. We live in South Carolina, near Charleston, and found this guy making a trap for us between our garden stones and Bradford Pear Tree. I have a very healthy fear of spiders.




27 August, 2011:
Glen, I attached a picture I took from my I-phone this summer as I found this bug while trimming my forsythia. I was shaking sooo bad ..... but this is the only photo that was clear. The actual size of this bug is about the size of the top of your small pinky finger. I enlarged it on my I-phone to see the fuzzy legs and what looks like a hard shell face?????. I have shown this photo to everyone I know and they can't believe it is real. Well it was and I would like to know what the heck it is. Would appreciate any feedback.
Nancy, Pittsburgh, PA

4 October, 2007:
I found this guy in the garden. Never seen any around here like it before. Neighbour says he has a whole nest in gutter and a friend found a web across his car today in my yard. Is this a potato spider or some type of orb. Can't really match the colour pattern. It almost the size of acorn (tried to show it in the pics) E-mail me back if you would with an ID, or if you need a better top shot.
Thanks Dave




17 October, 2007:
Can you identify this spider?


5 September, 2005:
Found this one in my garden, any clue what kind of spider this is?
Leo Derks
Malvern, PA 19355


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