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Subject: spider
Location: Klickitat County, WA
July 22, 2015 9:40 pm
This spider was behind the dahlias on the north side of our house in Washington state, about 2000 ft. elev., yesterday (7/21/15). Just wondering what you can tell me about it.
Signature: Carla

Golden Orbweaver

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Carla,
This beauty is a Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, and like other members of the Orbweaver family, it is a docile and non-aggressive spider that rarely strays far from its web, which it uses to snare its prey.  Orbweavers rarely bite humans, though a large individual might bite if carelessly handled.  The bite is considered harmless, though there may be redness and swelling near the site.

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Subject: Largw Unknown Spider
Location: Austin, TX on a tree
June 7, 2015 6:08 pm
This lovely spider is living on my friend’s back porch, but we don’t know what it is. Austin, TX June 6. Builds a huge ~2+’×3+’ web.
Signature: -Bill

Giant Lichen Orbweaver

Giant Lichen Orbweaver

Dear Bill,
This is a very well camouflaged Giant Lichen Orbweaver,
Araneus bicentenarius, that according to BugGuide is found in:  “Woodlands, on trees, among lichens.”  As we will be away from the office later in the month, we are postdating your submission to go live during our absence.

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Subject: Grey Lumpy Spider
Location: Northern California
May 9, 2015 9:22 am
I’m a bit of an amateur arachnologist, and as such a lot of my friends text me pics for identification regularly. I usually can get them at least a Genus within moments, but a friend of a friend sent me a pic that has me a little stumped. It’s a female grey spider, no web visible, with some interesting protrusions on her back. I tried to do some research, but I keep coming up with blanks. What is she? I’d love to know! She was found in Northern California, we live in San Francisco and I believe her friend found the little lady in the east bay.
Signature: Luke

Possibly Cat-Faced Spider

Possibly Cat-Faced Spider

Dear Luke,
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, and we believe it might be a Cat-Faced Spider,
Araneus gemmoides.  You can see the resemblance to this individual posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: bug identification request
Location: screened-in patio in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
March 30, 2015 12:49 pm
Hello,
I have 3 of these bugs on my patio, each with their own “spider” web. I’m curious what it is because it doesn’t look like a spider.
Thanks!
Signature: John Winer

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Dear John,
This colorful and quite variable spider,
Gasteracantha cancriformis, goes by a wealth of common names according to BugGuide, including:  “Crab Spider, Spiny Orbweaver Spider, Crab-like Orbweaver Spider, Crab-like Spiny Orbweaver Spider, Jewel Spider, Spiny-bellied Orbweaver, Jewel Box Spider, Smiley Face Spider, Crablike Spiny Orbweaver” as well as “Spinybacked Orbweaver”.  The common name we prefer is Crablike Spiny Orbweaver.

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Subject: Golden-backed spider
Location: Cambodia
March 24, 2015 3:38 am
Hi,
Any idea what this fella is? I took the picture in Cambodia in 2013.
Signature: Oliver

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Dear Oliver,
This is an Orbweaver in the genus Argiope, and it is only identified to the genus level on Wildlife inthe Kingdom of Thailand site.
  It may be the St. Andrew’s Cross Spider, Argiope keyserlingi, based on this FlickR posting.

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Subject: Weird Orange Spider UK
Location: Cambridge, UK
January 29, 2015 1:22 am
I found this in our outside covered pool. It is held pretty warm in their all year round. Took some pics and tried to locate what it was but no idea.
Signature: James Sore

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Hi James,
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, but we are not certain of the species.  Orbweavers are often large colorful spiders that attract attention because they generally wait for prey in a classic orb web.  Large Orbweavers may bite if carelessly handled, but they are not dangerous to humans.  See some of the individuals on Ray Wilson Bird & Wildlife Photography.
  The Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus, on the Photography Obsession page looks like a good match.  The Garden Spiders pictured on Nature Watch exhibit considerable color variation.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so very much. It has put my mind at rest. I had never seen one before and was worried that the artificial temperature of the covered pool was harbouring something a bit exotic !!
Thanks once again.
James

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