Subject: Unknown bug (Duh…..; ) )
Location: Pasadena, MD
September 5, 2015 11:15 am
Found on August 11th, 2015 about 9:00 AM just East of Baltimore, MD. For size reference, insect is perched on an air hose that’s approximately 3/4″ wide. I am disappointed that I did not provoke the insect so as to get other pictures. Original picture was taken by me with my phone. There was no significant web present.
We immediately recognized your spider as an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, but we needed to research the species, and we quickly located a close match with the Starbellied Orbweaver, Acanthepeira stellata, images posted to BugGuide. According to BugGuide it is found in: “Sunny areas, usually within four feet of the ground in an orb web built in the vertical position.” We are very excited as this represents a new species to our site.