Unknown Spider
Location:  Lyons, Illinois
August 16, 2010 7:43 am
I shot these photos of a small spider that had spun a web across our recycle bin in our basement stairwell. Although it is small, it is extremely colorful, as the photos show.
Bill in Lyons

Orchard Spider

Hi Bill,
Your colorful spider is an Orchard Spider,
Leucauge venusta, a pretty species with variable markings.  There is some discussion on BugGuide about this spider.

Thank you for your reply – I did look at many of the spiders on your site, and thought this might be an Orchard variety, but it is nice to have confirmation.  Although I happen to be an arachnophobe (?) of the first order, I did find this particular spider interesting.

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