Subject: Orange Spider
Location: Columbus, Ohio
October 28, 2014 9:04 pm
This peculiar spider was hanging on my backdoor frame so I captured it. What kind of spider is this and is it poisonous?
Your image and identification request of a Pumpkin Spider, Araneus marmoreus, is perfectly timed for a Halloween posting. This bright orange color variation is one possibility for the highly variable Marbled Orbweaver and the orange coloration, that is usually evident in the fall during pumpkin season is the reason it is sometimes called a Pumpkin Spider. Like most other spiders, the Pumpkin Spider has venom, but it is not considered dangerous to humans and they rarely bite. The entire family of Orbweavers that includes the Pumpkin Spider is considered harmless.