Subject: Orange spider?
Geographic location of the bug: Orleans MA
Time: 01:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman : We found this on the door of a storage unit in our yard.I’ve looked through lots of images online and can’t seem to identify it.
How you want your letter signed: The Scott’s
Dear The Scott’s,
Usually when we get identification requests for orange spiders at this time of year, they are Pumpkin Spiders, a species of Orbweaver, but your spider is a Nursery Web Spider, Pisaurina mira. Here is an image from BugGuide. Nursery Web Spiders build webs to act as a nursery for their young, but unlike many spiders that also use a web to trap prey, the Nursery Web Spiders are hunting spiders that capture prey without a web. The orange color of your individual is somewhat unusual, and it is possible this is a related species in the same genus.
Thanks for checking this out for us. It’s always good to learn about new things. We also found a “mutinus elegans” or stinkhorn mushroom. It must be the week for orange things!