Subject: Huge Beautiful Spider
Location: Sandy, Oregon
September 6, 2013 2:37 pm
This spider was photographed in Oct. 2011 up on Mt Hood(NW OR). The pix really don’t do it justice… the abdomon was huge (about the size of a small grape) & its markings were gorgeous. What the heck is this thing???
Signature: juniper

Female Orbweaver

Female Orbweaver

Dear Juniper,
This is a female Orbweaver in the genus
Araneus, and it very closely resembles the Shamrock Orbweaver, Araneus trifolium, which according to BugGuide:  “occurs in a variety of colors.”  This individual on BugGuide looks very much like your spider.

Location: Sandy, Oregon

One Response to Orbweaver

  1. Lynn Flanagan says:

    Very similar spider to the female or weaver pictured except darker, less-hairy, longer legs. Saratoga Springs, New York, 3 hours south of Canadian border. Would like to post photos but cannot here.

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