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Subject: Beautiful South African spider
Location: Mpumalanga, South Africa
November 25, 2014 8:11 am
Hi there. This spider is sitting on a huge web outside the window of our chalet in sanbonani, hazyview South Africa.
Hoping you can identify since all my googling has proven useless.
Signature: Cait, bug enthusiast

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Hi Cait, bug enthusiast,
Though there are not prominent markings on its abdomen, we believe your Orbweaver in the genus
Argiope is most likely Argiope australis, the Garden Orbweaver, which is pictured on iSpot.  Because of the zigzag stabilimentum that is incorporated in the web, Argiope Spiders are sometimes called Writing Spiders.

Thanks! I had narrowed it down to the orb web species but couldn’t seem to find one with such a plain body.
Photos don’t do it justice. It is really beautiful! And the tiny male is also on the web, just staying out of her way!
Thanks for such a speedy reply!!
Kind regards
CaitB

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Subject: Honduras- Spider
Location: El Ocote, Honduras
November 19, 2014 7:35 pm
HI, I visited the forests of Honduras and came across this beautiful spider! The body was easily the size of my palm, and its legs longer than my fingers!!! It was on a rock, that was in the middle of a creek. This was in easternHonduras, in the forests outside the small community of El Ocote.
The back part of the body had mostly black, but was fat and round. The legs were banded with black and brown stripes.
This beauty was easily larger than my hand when we took the legs into account. No web that I could see.
Sadly I asked our military escort to grab this pic and we couldn’t get much closer due to the creek and safety reasons…. when i asked him what type this was, all he said was spider in Spanish.
Signature: Curious Traveler

Unknown Spider

Long Legged Fishing Spider

Dear Curious Traveler,
Your image is too blurry for an identification.

Can you identify this Spider?
or if not,any educated guesses?
A better description is as follows:
Long thin legs with alternating black and brown bands, each leg aprox  6 inches long.
Abdomen/body aprox 4 inches long.
Fangs were aprox half an inch.
The  main body was just a  plain brown and then the back part of the body was all brown with no markings then it faded to black, no markings again.
Location: found on a rock in the middle of a creek  in the woods about 45 mins outside the village of El Ocote in eastern Honduras. NO web nearby.
Time: middle of afternoon aprox 12noon, on august 25th 2014.

We will post your blurry image and give our readership a chance at identification.

Update:  Long Legged Fishing Spider
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash who runs our sister site Insetologia out of Brazil, we believe this is a Long Legged Fishing Spider in the family Trechaleidae.  Both the shape of the spider and the behavior that is described in the submission fit for this family.

Oh wow thank you! I’m sorry I could not get a better picture but it is nice to get an idea :-)
Looking up pics online and it does look a lot like the spider. The body in the back is slightly off, but  I think that may have been it! Thank you!

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Egg Sacs of a Bolas Spider

Egg Sacs of a Bolas Spider

Subject:  Egg Sacs of a Bolas Spider
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
November 18, 2014
This weekend while working in the garden, I finally decided to pull out the camera and shoot the Egg Sacs of the Bolas Spider that lived on the pole in the garden all summer.

Egg Sacs of a Bolas Spider

Egg Sacs of a Bolas Spider

 

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Subject: A spider species numbering in thousands on side of a water dam
Location: Whiteshell region, Manitoba, Canada
November 13, 2014 5:42 pm
Hi guys. Here’s the underside of a spider that has taken over one wall of the Seven Sisters Hydro Dam, in Manitoba. Its a feat of the mind walking past thousands of them and their webs when visiting the dam. :)
Signature: m. m.

Possibly Western Spotted Orbweaver

Possibly Western Spotted Orbweaver

Dear M.M.,
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, possibly a Western Spotted Orbweaver,
Neoscona oaxacensis, a highly variably colored species.  Orbweavers only survive for a single season, and they are most visible in the fall when they mature and grow in size.  They can be quite plentiful at times.

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Subject: Spider Tucson
Location: urban Tucson, AZ
November 11, 2014 2:43 pm
Two pics of a spider found in a co-worker’s house in Tucson AZ in late September 2014. People come to me with their bug questions, but I’m not knowledgable about spiders. If someone can just get it to a rough group of spiders that’d be great. Just curious. Thanks so much.
Signature: Margrit McIntosh

Western Spotted Orbweaver

Western Spotted Orbweaver

Dear Margrit,
We believe this is a female Western Spotted Orbweaver,
Neoscona oaxacensis, a highly variable species.  We matched your image to this image on BugGuide.  Orbweavers are in the family Araneidae, and they are a harmless family of spiders.  Orbweavers build large circular webs, the “classic” spider web.  Most Orbweavers are sexually dimorphic, with the females being much larger than the males.

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Subject: Scary Workout haha
Location: San Jose, CA
November 11, 2014 12:28 pm
So I was riding my bike on a fluid trainer in my garage and this big spider walks right under me (surprising with the amount of vibration and air movement caused by the rear wheel and flywheel spinning). I kept an eye on it for a while but due to it’s several attempts at climbing up my trainer base I decided it was time for this one to go. I got a piece of cardboard and let the spider crawl onto it….the spider seemed quite mellow and I started to head outside but forgot to point the cardboard up away from me so of course the spider crawled up towards my hand and I dropped the whole thing. Again, the spider was chillin and I got the cardboard and picked it up and took it outside. I then later realized that I had been wearing a heart monitor thru the entire experience and had a good laugh at the jump in my heart rate at about that moment that I dropped the spider. Anyway, it’s outside somewhere now where it belongs but I am curious what it was since it was at l east twice as big as what I normally see around the house.
Signature: Matt

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Dear Matt,
This is a harmless Orbweaver in the family Araneidae.  We found your story quite amusing, but we were unable to open your attachment.  We really wanted to post your letter, so we resorted to creating a screen shot to have an image to post.

Yeah, it seemed pretty harmless and surprisingly calm when I picked it up and then dropped it.  It had all the swagger of a much larger tarantula so it was easy to work with to get it out of the house (because it didn’t run around at high speed).  Thank you for the ID though.  I was curious because although I’ve seen tarantulas outside up in the hills when bike riding and this spider is much smaller, this is the biggest spider I’ve ever seen inside my house haha.
Matt

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