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Subject:  Orchard Spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Amesbury Massachusetts
Date: 06/08/2021
Time: 08:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am a Huge bug fan!  I am a commercial photographer by day and a wildlife and macro photog for fun.  I cam across this little one in the garden last night and I had never seen colors on a spider like that..just wanted to see if it in fact was a Red and Green Orchard Spider.
So happy to have found your site!  It is AWESOME!
How you want your letter signed:  Many Thanks!! Caroline

Orchard Spider

Dear Caroline,
You are correct.  This is indeed an Orchard Spider,
Leucauge venusta, and your image is positively gorgeous.  We hope you consider sending other high quality images of the insects and bugs you find.

Subject:  Spider living in my bushes
Geographic location of the bug:  Georgia, USA
Date: 05/09/2019
Time: 11:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I fiund this spider while trimming my hedges today. I let it stay there to live but I’m curious as to what kind of spider it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Elle

Orchard Spider

Dear Elle,
This little beauty looks to us like an Orchard Spider,
Leucauge venusta, and you may compare your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Woodlands. Builds in low shrubs or small trees, close to the ground.”

Subject:  What kind of spider is this (if, indeed, it is a spider)
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Illinois
Date: 09/30/2017
Time: 02:59 PM EDT
This critter has been hanging out on our back sliding door.
How you want your letter signed:  Just curious…

Male Thick-Jawed Orbweaver

Dear Just curious,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident you encountered a male Thick-Jawed Orbweaver in the genus
Pachygnatha.

Male Thick-Jawed Orbweaver

Subject: What’s on my orbweaver?
Location: Nova Scotia
August 4, 2017 3:47 pm
Hi Daniel,
I was working in and around a culvert and the longjawed orbweavers love to hang out on the ceiling, but this one has a few orange bulbs on him/her. Has this beauty been parasitized?
Signature: Curious

Long-Jawed Orbweaver with Mites

Dear Curious,
This Long-Jawed Orbweaver in the genus
Tetragnatha is carrying several Mites.  We found similar images on Buy Pet Armor and Mirrorless Macro, but we can’t locate any information on the type of Mite and the degree of harm it causes the Spider.  Spiders of North-West Europe has an image on their Spider Enemies page, so we are presuming the Mites are not beneficial.

Subject: shiny silver spider – not a garden spider
Location: Cincinnati, OH
July 5, 2017 2:51 pm
Hi. My son and I found today small spider, a bit smaller than a pencil eraser, that was very iridescent silver. It had built a between the deck railing and a nearby tall weed, which had trapped several small insects already. The part of the web on which the bugs were caught was roughly parallel to the ground, but there seemed to be a lot of silk in multiple directions around it, making the overall structure 3-dimensional rather than two. When the spider noticed us, it ran up a strand to the deck railing, but at other times it rested on the underside of the main web. I’ve attached a photo with flash, and one without, but neither seems to capture how silver it appears. I was not able to get my phone to focus on the web, but there is no zigzag structure, so I’m pretty sure it’s not a garden spider.Thanks in advance!
Todd Gessner
Cincinnati, OH
Signature: Todd Gessner

Orchard Spider

Dear Todd,
This sure looks like a harmless Orchard Spider to us.  BugGuide does not discuss the form of the web, but we have seen the web of an Orchard Spider in Northeast Ohio and it looks as you describe it.