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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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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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