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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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Subject: unknown spider
Location: Upper-Coomera Gold Coast 4209, Queensland
January 3, 2015 4:02 pm
This bug only comes out at night to the same place, makes its Web between the garden and rail by the pool, in the morning the spider and Web are gone.
It has a bright orange/red back and it seems like it’s like a shell (not sure).
Please help us find out what it is..
Thanks
Signature: Ellen

Orbweaver

Orbweaver

Dear Ellen,
This is a harmless Orbweaver is also called a Garden Spider, and we believe it is in the genus
Eriophora based on images posted to the Brisbane Insect Website.  This appears to be a genus with some variability in coloration and markings within the species.  We believe your species is Eriophora biapicata and there is a nice image posted to FlickR.  We are postdating your submission to go live next week while we are out of the office.

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Subject: Bolsa spidea eggs?
Location: Anaheim, CA
January 1, 2015 4:36 pm
Howdy, these were found in a heap between avocado leaves. Can you ID? They’re about 1cm diameter, about 10 of them, tangled in sticky web, hard shell.
Signature: Becky G

Bolas Spider Egg Sacs

Bolas Spider Egg Sacs

Happy New Year Becky G,
We agree with you that these are Bolas Spider Egg Sacs, not those of a Bolsa Spidea.  Bolas Spiders are very well camouflaged and are difficult to find.  The egg sacs we reported on in November appear to have been parasitized, but we have hopes that a few individuals will hatch to perpetuate the species in our garden.

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