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Spider Photos - Shamrock Orbweaver

Here's some photos of 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.   Please select a section.
Unidentified Spiders 2018 Unidentified Spiders 2017 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 & Brown 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
Titiotus (Recluse look alike) Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider
Two Spined Spiders Venusta Orchard Spiders Wandering Spiders
White Tailed Spider Widow Spiders Wolf Spiders
Woodlouse Hunters

Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders

Zoropsis spinimana
Zygiella x-notata    
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

SHAMROCK ORB WEAVERS - Araneus trifolium

Shamrock or Pumpkin Spiders as they are called in different places scientific name is  Araneus trifolium.  A. trifolium is a spider which builds an orb-web and is classified in a group of spiders called orb-weaver spider. Colour is a characteristic that may help to identify a spider. A. trifolium is orange (though it may show up in a yellowish green or purplish form). Its large, bulbous abdomen is similar to a pumpkin. Measuring a spider's length also helps in its identification. A. trifolium is large, compared to other spiders. Size is an important way of distinguishing one spider from another. The abdomen also contains the stomach or crop. In the fall the abdomen and the entire spider grows quickly. The high vegetation the spider prefers produces an abundance of insect food; and in the fall there is a growth spurt when food is most plentiful. This sudden increase in size may be cause for the spider's "sudden" appearance. In fact, the spiders have been present all-year, but were much smaller and simply less noticeable. The spider tends to show up around Halloween - and that is how it got its common name "Pumpkin Spider."
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4 Sept, 2017:
We found this spider in our home and can't id it.

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30 Sept, 2016:
I found this spider in my driveway in upstate NY. Never seen a spider like this before. What kind is it?

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27 August, 2016:
Hi there! Can you identify this spider? I found it in my pool shed in rural northern Illinois. It was dead, but still attached to a pool float. There were 3 other dead on the floor of my shed below this one. I'm not sure what happened to them, but I've never seen anything like it and I can't find any information on it. It looks like it has a cracker on its back. Thank you!!

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30 November, 2015:
Is this a shamrock orb weaver?? I love the smiling face its spots make!?!

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11 October, 2015:
I was hoping you could help identify this spider. I took the picture in the Naperville, IL area. Couldn't find anything online about it and cam across your submission for identification page. Thanks. Rob

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7 October, 2015:
Taken in upstate ny. Very strange looking. Legs were black and brown alternating stripes. Body was bright yellow with a raised design lighter yellow in color. Rather large "meaty" guy. Abdomen was about a nickels width. Looking forward to seeing if you can i.d. him (or her). Thanks Katherine

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29 September, 2015:
Hey, Thank you for the info on the last spider, here's another one for you to identify... It walked very slow (almost crab like) & it was the size of a toonie.

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21 September, 2015:
This spider was found in my friend's car this morning. It's not one we are familiar with in our area. Was wondering if you could identify it for us. Thank you for your time and consideration. Carolyn

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21 September, 2015:
This was on my tent in Sterling, MI (about an hour and 15 minutes North of Flint, MI) over the weekend. I have looked everywhere and cannot find what kind of spider this is!!!! Can you help??

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21 September, 2015:
Glenn, What type of spider is this? Does it bite? Is it poisonous? I disturbed it while replacing a fence post, out in a pasture. The post is 4/5 inches round. This is about 6 miles south of Chehalis, Washington. Thank you, Dee

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5 February, 2015:
Please help me find out what this is...

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5 February, 2015:
Hello I was wondering if you could help me with this, I found this spider on some moorland in manchester uk when walking my dog back in the summer. Ive never seen anything like it and was just curious to know what type it is. Quite beautiful really. Thanks Helen

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5 February, 2015:
Found this in my garden, south west UK. Cannot believe I've never seen one before. Thought you might like the photo

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5 February, 2015:
Can anyone identify this spider, seen wandering the street in Surrey, United Kingdom?

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5 February, 2015:
Which spider is this?

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5 February, 2015:
Found in our garden today in South West France. Hope you can ID it, Thank you. Janet

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10 November, 2014:
I'm in Michigan... The spider was resting on the garage floor, no web in site. Here is a better shot of it... Jen

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10 November, 2014:
can you identify? found near Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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21 September, 2014:
Garden spider?

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21 September, 2014:
What kind of spider is this??

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10 July, 2014:
Hi, This spider was outdoors in a meadow marsh area in southeastern Ontario, Canada. No web that I could see. I can find images of the same species online, but none that identify the species. Thanks for any suggestions you may have. Mary Alice  

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26 January, 2014:
Can u help me identify this spider. I live in valparaiso, Indiana.

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4 December, 2013:
Do you know what this is? I found it in SW Washington. Thanks for any information you may have. -Donna

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14 December, 2013:
This was fount in my garden in the United Kingdom and nobody has ever seen one before ! And as we know have black widows here ! Which is scary I wanted to know what this was , Hope u can help thanks josh

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14 December, 2013:
Hi, Can you help I saw this in my backyard in SE Michigan.

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17 November,  2013:
Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this is? My friend found it outside her house when she went out for a smoke one night around the end of October. We live in Ontario Canada and have never seen a spider like this before. Thanks very much, Carlee.

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17 November,  2013:
I just found this in my garage, hanging from the edge of my trash can. I live in Michigan. What IS THIS? OMG. Iím freaking out. Hope you can help. Thanks in advance. Judy

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21 October,  2013:
I just found this in my garage, hanging from the edge of my trash can. I live in Michigan. What IS THIS? OMG. Iím freaking out. Hope you can help. Thanks in advance. Judy

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21 October,  2013:
Hello! Here's a picture of a shamrock orbweaver that was found at my job... Hope you can use these flics!

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25 September,  2013:
I was just wondering If you could help me identify this spider. Location- British Columbia ( Canada ) , found near lumber pile during mid-day, no webs found.

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25 September,  2013:
Hi Glen I came across your website and was hoping you could help me identify this spider and weather or not it is dangerous. Any help you could offer me would ne greatly appreciated. I found the spider in a hugh eeb on my deck. Thank you

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30 July, 2013:
I found her walking through the parking lot at my job. Didn't want her to be squashed by a car or someone's shoe. I put her in a cup then let her go in my garden later that day. I'm trying to identify the type of spider she or he is, out of curiosity. I've never seen any other spider like it. Haven't had any luck googling it, but I found your site and figured I would see if you could help me.

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30 July, 2013:
Hey I found this spider outside one day. I live in Wasilla Alaska-- it was mid summer when I found it. I'm not sure if its some kind of a weaver?? Please help! :-) I hope you can see the picture-- I'm sending it off my iPhone. Thanks!!

 

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15 January, 2013:
Hi there, I found this web site as I was about to give up trying to identify the spider in this picture. I took it with my cell phone so it's not as clear as I would have liked. The spider was by the bottom of a door at an electrical substation in Montville Connecticut. Creepy looking thing, glad I took the picture before I stomped on him... So what kind of spider is it? The legs look like one type, but I can't find a body that looks the same. I'm just curious to find out what it really is, never seen anything this colorful before, except in a National Geographic magazine. Thanks for any help

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Reply: This is a shamrock orb weaver - glen

2 November, 2012:
I never seen a spider like this before. I was wondering what it is.

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2 November, 2012:
Can you tell what kind of spider this is? I hope the detail is clear enough. I tried to zoom in as much as possible. If youíre able to identify it, you will make a lot of people I know happy. We canít seem to find anything like it. I appreciate your time. Michelle

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2 November, 2012:
I want to know what kind a spider is this. I would like to know the name of it, if it poison spider i found the spider in my home I live in Wisconsin I would like to ask you if you can help me out. I need sum information about this spider. Ps Write Back Soon as possible From: Lacey

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2 November, 2012:
I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this was crawling in the street,around my house in North East Pennsylvania thanks Kyle

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2 November, 2012:
Can you help me with this please? I live in Southwestern Pennsylvania and this was walking across my driveway. I canít find any info on it anywhere. Thanks

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25 September, 2012:
Hello Glen I was wondering if you could tell me what spider I just found sitting in a net on our front door in Pennsylvania. A picture is attached. The body is about as big as a US quarter (coin). Thanks so much Julia

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19 August, 2012:
Hello there ~ Hope this finds you healthy and happy. Attached is a photo of a very large spider I found between the screen and glass slider door to my deck this morning I was wondering if you would please take the time to identify it for me As well as anything important information ie Is it dangerous to me or my cat? If there is one does that mean there are more nearby? Should I call an exterminator? etc. Any assistance you are able to offer is greatly appreciated. I cannot livve with the fact that something that large could be in my home. Please help. Thank you. God Bless ~ Bobbi []  

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19 August, 2012:
Can you help me identify this spider? Thanks

 

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19 August, 2012:
Hi. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of spider this may be. A friend of my husband found it in pennsylvania crawling along a wall of a fire department. Thanks

 

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Reply:   This is a shamrock orb weaver - glen

7 May, 2012:
I have been interested in spiders and other bugs for some time now. I did have an incounter quite some time ago with one. It made me scared of them for a while, but always wanted to know more. I am a professional photographer for weddings and senior portraits, but my days off in the summer consists of me walking through my garden and photographing bugs. I carry my camera with me outdoors all the time. I have sent you some pictures of spiders. Some I know what they are and some I'm still confused of. Sorry there is so many. I have had these for 2 years and wanted to do an educated site but found myself coming to your site to identify them. So I will just send them to you and let you have the fun.

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