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Subject: Red body, white spots and tan/black striped legs
Location: Northeast US
September 20, 2013 5:32 am
My friend was bitten by this weird looking spider. What kind of spider and should he be worried about the bite?
Signature: Matt

Shamrock Orbweaver

Shamrock Orbweaver

Hi Matt,
This is sure a beautiful Shamrock Orbweaver,
Araneus trifolium, which is pictured on BugGuide.  This is a highly variable species and not that many Shamrock Orbweavers are this bright red color.  The bite is not considered dangerous, but we imagine a large specimen might produce a painful bite with local swelling.

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