Bright Orange spider
Location: Pandora, OH – Putnam County – NW Ohio
November 9, 2011 9:08 pm
I found this spider outside today – it is fluorescent orange! Very weird. The temp was low 60’s and falling. It appeared to be dying… moving very slow, and sometimes would just curl up. I have NEVER seen any spider this color.. any idea what it is ?? And why does it have an extra set of ”small legs” in front?
Signature: Found Freaky Spider
This gorgeous individual is a Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus, a highly variable species. Not every individual is orange, but the bright orange color variation is quite distinctive. According to BugGuide, an alternative name is Pumpkin Spider, a common name that no doubt refers to both the color and the time of year large individuals are noticed corresponding to Halloween. The underside of your individual has markings similar to this photo from BugGuide.
Thanks so much for sending three distinctly different camera angles of this beautiful Pumpkin Spider.