Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 3:39 PM
This is a photo from a coworker who spotted this spider weaving its web in his garden. We have the same spider in front of our office building and everyone is curious to know what kind of spider it is. The dimensions are about 3″ in length with legs spread. Any thoughts?
San Diego, California
We just posted a very lengthy response to a person from Texas who sent a photo of a Barn Spider. In that response, we waxed near impossibility of accurately identifying many spiders in the genera Neoscona and Araneus because of individual variations. We also posed the possibility of hybridization as geographically distinct populations come into contact with one another thanks to the global travel that so many people enjoy. Typically, young spiderlings can disperse as far as the wind will carry them, but now spiderlings can travel across the country or around the world with luggage. We also believe that what taxonomists have classified as distinct species may actually be subspecies capable of interbreeding. With all that now stated again, and more concisely, we do believe you have Neoscona oaxacensis, the Western Spotted Orbweaver, but we may be wrong. It would be much safer for us to just say you have an Orbweaver.