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Tiny spider with jeweled green abdomen
Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 6:51 AM
I was taking pictures of two mating moths on my front door this morning when I saw this beautiful but tiny spider. The body can’t be more than 1/4″ with it’s legs it still wouldn’t be an inch. It was small and delicate but had such a great green color on its abdomen. Can you help me identify it?
Resa
Atlanta, GA

Unknown Spider

Orchard Spider

Hi Resa,
What a beautiful spider, but sadly, we don’t know what species it is.  We suspect this is a hunting spider that does not spin a web.  It has certain similarities to both Lynx Spiders in the family Oxyopidae and Jumping Spiders in the family Salticidae.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide an identification.

Update June 11, 2014:  Orchard Spider
Thanks to a comment that just arrived, we took a closer look and we agree that this is an Orchard Spider.

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4 Responses to Orchard Spider

  1. grev says:

    I know this spider is from the US, but it looks like something I have seen here in Australia. The legs, in particular, look like Leucage dromedaria, in the family Tetraganathidae, although the body is a different colour.

  2. mat says:

    i was in japan for a week or two earlier last year, and i saw this spider, or something very similar to it just about everywhere.
    I was in a bus, looking out the window and i was able to count about seventeen of them, in less than 5 minutes, on passing tree.
    it’s probably not the exact same spider though, because you said yours is small. the one i saw i was able to spot one up a light post from 20-30 feet away.

  3. J says:

    I would wager heavily on it being a Leucauge venusta; the color variation on the abdomen is pretty extreme, but they all have that shield-shaped, striped, yellowish cephalothorax and have spotted, sparsely haired leg joints. As well as, of course, the intense metallic coloration on both sides of the abdomen.

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