Subject: Spider from Brazil
Location: Abaeté Brazil
February 19, 2013 9:26 am
I saw these spiders on a farm near Abaeté Brazil. There were hundreds of them on the fences and low hanging tree limbs. They remind me of garden spiders back in the states.
We are not certain which Garden Spider you are reminded of, but Garden Spider is a common name for many species in the family Araneidae, the Orbweavers (see BugGuide). This is an Orbweaver, but we are not certain of the species. Other families known as Orbweavers include the Long-Jawed Orbweavers in the family Tetragnathidae (see BugGuide) and the Golden Silk Spiders in the family Nephilidae (see BugGuide). On our site, they are all listed as Orbweavers. Your spider looks to us to be a Long-Jawed Orbweaver in the family Tetragnathidae. Perhaps Cesar Crash will be able to provide an identification.
I just looked at the orb weaver section on your site after submitting my request. I do see the similarities to the golden orb weavers. Thanks for taking a look at it.