Subject: Orb Weaver
Location: San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2012 2:09 am
This Orbweaver is residing in my backyard. I suspect it is either a Cross Orbweaver or a Western Spotted Orbweaver, but I was wondering if you could better identify it. I have seen it for the past three days, and today I found it whilst it was wrapping up what appeared to be a honey bee.
Signature: Ben Miller
In our opinion, this is a Cross Spider or Cross Orbweaver, Araneus diadematus, which you can verify on BugGuide. Cross Spiders have the distinction of being the first spiders sent into space when Anita and Arabella were launched aboard Skylab 3 in 1973.
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