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Spider Photos -  Star Bellied Orbweaver

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:
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. 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.

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 Neoscona Semarak
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) Two Spined Spiders
Trapdoor Spiders Tree Trunk Spider Venusta Orchard Spiders
Wandering Spiders White Tailed Spider Widow Spiders
Wolf Spiders Woodlouse Hunters Yellow & Broad faced Sac Spiders
Zoropsis spinimana

Zygiella x-notata



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. There are only 5 types of spiders in this species. Large webs spun between cotton rows often are made by the star-bellied orb weaver, frequently the most abundant web-spinner in cotton and a beneficial predator of the many insects that destroy cotton. When the web is found, the spider may be located under a leaf to which one of the foundation lines of the web has been attached. One of its legs touches the line to alert the spider when prey is caught in the web. Identification is relatively simple because of the characteristic star-shape of the abdomen formed by a series of cone-like bumps (protuberances). The spider is brown with a white spot on the anterior portion of the abdomen. Adults reach a length of about 3/8 inch. Adults and immature spiders differ only in size. Numbers generally increase as the season progresses, reaching a peak in August and September when large numbers of immature spiders cover the countryside. The density of these spiders in cotton fields averages about one per 10 metres of row but peaks at one per 2 metres. The star-bellied orb weaver does not hunt its prey but waits for prey to get caught in its web. Thus, it is likely that most of its prey fly or jump into the web. Adult fleahoppers, bollworm-budworm moths, bigeyed bugs, pirate bugs, damsel bugs and honeybees are frequent prey of this spider. There is no evidence that this spider feeds on bollworm or budworm eggs under field conditions, but it may consume one small larva every 2 days.
(Info -  Texas Agricultural Service)  Please select a section below fro more orb weavers.
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)  
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


2 April, 2017:
This spider was on the deck under our house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July of 2015. Just found your website so I thought I'd submit a photo and see if you might be able to identify this odd little guy. He was about the size of a dime, maybe a little bigger.
12 April, 2016:
Found in Kansas in weedy praire grass area. Web was spun around stalk conical shaped. Spider very small. Pics taken using macro lens. Shell was hard like Spiny back orb weaver. I believe there were 8 points. Thank you, Sarah

21 September,  2015:
Can you identify this spider for me please?

5 December, 2014:
hi i have two more spiders for you to id here. i found the brown colored one  in the hallway but it looks a lot like a jewel spider in shape but i've never heard of those being inside someones house and it wasn't in a web like all the others i've seen. the brighter colored one i think is a specie of orb weaver but i'm interested in finding out what type of weaver it might be, my family are all scared of them because it looks venemous to them. i've really seen the little weavers here all over the place. can't go into the woods without running into a few but never knew what they were


10 July, 2014:
Crazy lil critters were hanging out on the pool!/-) Valerie  

26 May,  2014:
Hi, I found a spider on my tv as I was turning it off. It wasn't anything I could say I've ever seen before. I left it alone so maybe it would help take care of a small bug problem. In the picture provided you'll notice light coloring around the abdomen and it is actually almost a golden yellow. Any help identifying it would be reaffirm. Thanks and have a great day! :)

10 March,  2013:
Hi, I found this unusual nocturnal spider last night in Theresa Park Pretoria. Please can you identify it for me?


5 August,  2008:
Hi Glen, I photographed this little Orb Weaver while it was working the other night. These Orb Weavers are all over the place from late June through first frost in my area. Feel free to use the pictures if you want. --Damy 


14 March, 2008:

Hi Glen, I was taking a walk in the woods yesterday and almost ran into this extreme booby-trap. An Orb Weaver had its web spun between some very thorny Blackberry branches. So it was a double threat! Anyway, I avoided being bitten or snagged, and painstakingly took these 6 photos. I'm still a photo noob, so I had to place my hand behind the spider to get my camera to focus on it. Feel free to use the photos if you want. --Damy