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Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Western New York
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, saw this crawling on the ground October 21 in western  New York. I have never seen a spider of this color here in New York and I was hoping to get it identified! Thank you for the wonderful site as well!
How you want your letter signed:  Scott Szafranski

Orbweaver

Dear Scott,
This is a harmless Orbweaver, probably in the genus
Araneus.  Orbweavers rarely leave their classic orb webs, so we suspect this lady was dislodged from her web or perhaps her web was destroyed.

Subject:  Boris the spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Austin Texas
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 10:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy, who we named Boris, is on our front porch. What kind of spider is Boris?
How you want your letter signed:  LeeAnn

Orbweaver

Dear LeeAnn,
Boris is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, but we are not certain of the species.  You may want to consider giving Boris a more femine name as Boris is a female Orbweaver.  Orbweavers mature in the fall and the adults with their large webs are quite visible at that time.

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:  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.