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Subject:  Siver-ish Giant Spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Ohio
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 03:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There’s this very big scary spider outside my house, what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Cidrew

Banded Orbweaver

Dear Cidrew,
This is a Banded Orbweaver,
Argiope trifasciata, which is pictured on BugGuide.  Like other Orbweavers, they are not considered dangerous to humans.  Most Spiders have venom, and the venom is used to subdue prey, but very few Spiders have venom that is strong enough to adversely affect people.  Orbweavers rarely bite, but in the rare occasions when a bite occurs, it will only produce a localized soreness near the bite area.

Subject:  Orb weaver spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwestern pa. South of Pittsburgh
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 07:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I love this site… Your amazing… We have had this little lady living on our front window for a whole now. We named her Muffet. I’m pretty sure it’s a furrow orb weaver… Just wanted to get your opinion. Thanks again
How you want your letter signed:  Robert

Orbweaver

Dear Robert,
Thanks so much for your kind letter.  Alas, we do not feel confident that we are able to conclusively identify your Orbweaver accurately to the species level.

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Alpharetta GA
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 12:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this? They’ve recently popped up everywhere!
How you want your letter signed: Regards, Devon

Golden Silk Spider

Dear Devon,
This is a Golden Silk Spider,
Nephila clavipes, a species known for its very strong silk webbing that is golden in color.  Because of their shape and color, they are sometimes called Banana Spiders, a common name also shared with an unrelated Huntsman Spider.

Subject:  Green lynx spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Kernersville, NC
Date: 09/22/2021
Time: 03:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I spotted this new (to me) visitor to my yard a couple of weeks ago. She captured a little bee while hanging out on a cedum and guarded him for a while ( you can see it’s still present but long dead). Today, I noticed what I believe to be the egg sac. It’s been raining a few days so I don’t know when it was formed. Pretty cool.
How you want your letter signed: KB

Green Lynx

Dear KB,
Now that your Green Lynx Spider has laid an egg sac, you will be able to watch her fearlessly defend her brood.

Thank you for the information. I believe the rain will move out tonight and I can spy on her over the coming days. Any idea how long they take to hatch or whatever it’s called with spiders
KB

Hi again KB,
This seems late in the season for a hatching.  Our guess is they will over winter and hatch in the spring.

Subject:  Jumping spider
Geographic location of the bug:  São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Date: 09/10/2021
Time: 09:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found this jumping spider outside of my condo in São Paulo, Brazil. I cannot find anything similar to it online. Can you please help me identify it. It looks like it has an Iron Man helmet in its abdomen.
How you want your letter signed:  Carlos

Jumping Spider

Dear Carlos,
Other than agreeing that this is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, we cannot add much more except that it appears to be a male.  Perhaps our Brazilian coeval Cesar Crash of Insetologia will recognize the species.

Subject:  Pale golden orb weaver
Geographic location of the bug:  Wichita kansas
Date: 09/02/2021
Time: 02:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I just found your web site I thank I have a pale golden orb weaver it was found outside my tire shop its markings are interesting I will have more pictures if you would like more
How you want your letter signed:  Ricky barber

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Ricky,
This is a Golden Orbweaver, and there is always individual variation between members of a given species.  Her coloration is lighter than what we see on the average Golden Orbweaver.