green & chrome spider
Location: New Jersey
July 1, 2011 4:45 pm
Just curious to know exactly what kind of spider this is? Found it in the garage today and thought it was odd since I lived in this area for 40+ years and never saw one like it. Color is hard to see in pix but the sliver part is highly reflective almost like a mirror and the green is day-glow neon. Built a 2 foot diameter web overnight and it wasn’t in my way so I left it alone. I know bright colors in nature means toxic or deadly to predators so what is this guy packing?
This beautiful spider is an Orchard Spider, Leucauge venusta. Many individuals also have bright orange spots.
Thanks! I don’t believe in killing stuff and I leave them where I find them; he’s made himself a nice home in the garage and that’s where I’ll leave him. Thing is though, I use the garage as my shop daily and didn’t want to leave something potentially hazardous in there. I always say everyone needs a home & everyone’s got to eat so we welcome all who find their way here. You should see the looks I get when I show people the bee houses and bat boxes we installed, but after they overcome their misguided fears (and watch me pet the bumblebees on their backs) they leave with a new found respect for things.
This isn’t my first time on your site; a few years ago you identified 7 spotted beetle larvae for me which we now anxiously await thier return to our foundation walls every April. When they first appeared, I emailed pix to an exterminator to identify them and he said “I dont know what it is but I’ll kill them for you.” That’s when I found your site and I called him back to let him know they were beneficial. Good thing I found your site because after they turned into Ladybugs, our aphid problem disappeared. Before the beetles arrived for the first time, we spent hundreds of dollars a year to rid the aphids and they still were a serious pest killing many of our plants each season.
Keep up the good work! The knowledge you share really makes a difference!
Thanks for the update Mike. It is nice to know we have been helpful.