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Subject: Spider
Location: Navegantes – SC, Brazil
October 26, 2015 10:02 am
Found at Navegantes, south of brazil, is timid, when i try to approach it, it walks away a little. Is territorialist, i never found any spider next to it, same species, nor other species.
Signature: Julian Silva

Orbweaver with Spiderlings

Orbweaver with Spiderlings

Dear Julian,
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, and they are a harmless and beneficial family whose members rarely stray far from their orb shaped webs.  If you look closely on the left side of this little lady, you will see what looks like newly hatched spiderlings.  They will soon disperse by ballooning.  Perhaps Cesar Crash who runs our sister site out of Brazil, Insetologia, will be able to provide a species identification.

Correction:  October 27, 2015
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we now know that this is
Nephilengys cruentata in the Orbweaver family Nephilidae, not Araneidae.  See FlickR and Insectologia for images

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Navegantes, SC, Brazil

2 Responses to Orbweaver with Spiderlings from Brazil

  1. Cesar Crash says:

    This is Nephilengys cruentata in the family Nephilidae. It’s native from Africa and became common in South and Southestern Brazil.
    This is the most frequent identification request on Insetologia.
    Very large, sinantropic, variable in colour, likes to make its web in roofs, as pictured here.

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