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Subject: Pumpkin Spider?
Location: Southern California
December 16, 2013 9:47 am
This photo was taken on 10/17/2013, in southern California at the base of Mount Baldy. Its body was about 3/4 of an inch long and 1/2 an inch high. The body had 4 dimples on the top and the legs were striped orange and white. I just found this site the other day and absolutely love it!!! I have so many pictures of insects that I have found and don’t know what they are so I will be on this site a lot in the near future. Anyhow I believe from looking over your site that this is an pumpkin spider/marbled orbweaver but I wanted to make sure. Thanks for your help
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Dear Newest/Biggest Fan,
We are happy you are enjoying our site.  While this Orbweaver is orange and is a member of the same family as the Pumpkin Spider, it is a different species of Orbweaver.  It might be a Cat Faced Spider,
Araneus gemmoides, but we cannot say for certain.  See images on BugGuide for comparison.  We look forward to getting additional images from you.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Mount Baldy, California

2 Responses to Orbweaver from Southern California

  1. Douglass Moody says:

    This is most likely a pale-colored “Jewel orbweaver” (Araneus gemma). The four dimples, pronounced hips, and banded legs are characteristic.

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