Subject: Pumpkin Spider?
Location: Central New Jersey
October 20, 2012 9:44 pm
This beautiful spider crawled into my garage today. It looked like it was carrying a tiny pumpkin on its back. What is it and is it venomous?
You nailed it. This Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus, is frequently called a Pumpkin Spider, a name we encountered on BugGuide. The name Pumpkin Spider originates from the bright orange coloration of many individuals in this highly variable species as well as their noticeable presence during the pumpkin harvest season.