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Subject: Spider
Location: Shanksville, PA
December 14, 2014 6:57 am
Do you know what kind of spider this is?
Signature: Pat Hockenberry

Shamrock Orbweaver

Shamrock Orbweaver

Dear Pat,
We believe this Orbweaver is a Shamrock Orbweaver,
Araneus trifolium, a highly variable species that according to BugGuide:  “occurs in a variety of colors.”  This individual from BugGuide looks very much like your individual.  Orbweavers, though large and brightly colored, are considered harmless.  They are docile and rarely bite humans.

Thank you so much.  This is definitely our individual.
Pat Hockenberry

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Subject: Hawaiian Argiope
Location: Waimea Canyon, Hawaii (Kauai)
December 2, 2014 12:13 am
Hi, I have another photo of the large Argiope spiders that seem to be as-yet-unidentified – this one was in a web at Waimea canyon. Photo taken 11/29/14.
If you happen to come up with an ID for this critter, please e-mail me!
-DavidR
Signature: Hawaiian nature nerd

Hawaiian Orbweaver

Hawaiian Orbweaver

Dear Hawaiian nature nerd,
This particular
Argiope species, which we first posted in 2007, has still not been identified.  Due to the remote location of these Argiope sightings, we suspect this is a species endemic to the island, which is something of a rarity in 21st Century Hawaii which has so many introduced species.  We did a search and found a YouTube video identifying Argiope avara kauaiensis as a native species.  We also located an images on Spiders.us and Google Plus.  These are all newer posings than our original posting from 2007.

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Subject: Dock spider?
Location: Troy, Michigan
December 2, 2014 11:26 am
This spider was found in the shop where I work, keeping warm by the wood stove. S/he is SO large, his abdomen about the size of a quarter, that he created quite a crowd of spectators. I thought s/he looked a lot like the dock spiders I’ve seen while camping up in Canada, especially the striping and rasps on the legs. Is that what we have here and do you know what kind it might be?
Signature: DaleShannon

Probably Cross Orbweaver

Probably Cross Orbweaver

Dear DaleShannon,
This is not a Dock Spider, a common name for a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, but rather an Orbweaver in the genus Araneus.  Our best guess is that this is a Cross Orbweaver, Araneus diadematus.  You can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  Your Orbweaver is a female.  Male Orbweavers are considerably smaller.

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Subject: Spider in Georgia
Location: Powder Springs Ga.
November 27, 2014 11:26 am
Hello,
Thank you in advance, for any assistance you may provide in identifying the spider in the photo.
Spider was spotted outside on a deck, November 24th or 25th.
Weather was mild, approx. 50 – 60 degrees.
Thanks again..
Sincerely
Jim J
Powder Springs, Ga.
Signature: Jim J. Powder Springs, Ga

Pumpkin Spider

Pumpkin Spider

Dear Jim J.,
Pumpkin Spiders, an orange color variety of the Marbled Orbweaver, are a common autumnal sighting on our site.

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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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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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