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Subject:  Spider or cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Date: 07/22/2021
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there,
My sister found this bug in her dining room. It was over an inch long as far as she can remember. Can you help us identify what the heck it was?
How you want your letter signed:  Sara

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Sara,
This is a Spider in the family commonly called the Orbweavers, and in Daniel’s opinion, this species,
Argiope aurantia, which is commonly called the Golden Orbweaver, is the most iconic species in the family found in North America.  They are sometimes called Writing Spiders because of the pattern known as stabilimentum they weave into their webs.

Subject:  Unknown Spider from East Africa
Geographic location of the bug:  Manyara, Tanzania
Date: 04/03/2021
Time: 02:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Hello, looking to try and identify this spider. It is approximately 4″. You cannot access around the spider to take a picture of it’s topside.
Thank you,
How you want your letter signed:  Joshua Johnston

Female (larger and on left) and male Golden Silk Spiders

Dear Joshua,
Look closely at the silk of the web and you will understand why the common name of spiders in the genus
Nephila is Golden Silk Spider.  The female on the left is about 50 times the size of her diminutive mate on the right.

Wow, so interesting.  Thanks for the quick reply.

Subject:  Paramours of the arachnid persuasion
Geographic location of the bug:  Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Date: 10/16/2019
Time: 11:32 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, Bugman! I wanted to share this photo I took of (what I’m pretty certain are) Golden Silk Orbweavers. This lovely lady and her paramour have made their rather extensive home just outside my bathroom window. Her web is about 4 or 5 feet at its widest, plus the attaching guylines. Her body is about 3″ long and her legs make her even larger. He, on the other hand, barely makes it to 2″ with his legs. Her silk is a gorgeous yellow and looks quite fine in the sun.
How you want your letter signed:  Lissa Sprenne

Pair of Golden Silk Spiders

Dear Lissa,
Thanks so much for submitting your excellent images of a pair of Golden Silk Spiders,
Nephila clavipes.  Your images nicely illustrate the beautiful golden color of the web.  The female Golden Silk Spider is approximately 50 times larger than her diminutive mate.

Pair of Golden Silk Spiders

Subject:  Large Orb – Albino?
Geographic location of the bug:  Boerne, Texas
Date: 09/02/2019
Time: 10:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have looked through MANY pictures of Orbs, but this critter seems unique. She seems to have the correct pattern for a black and yellow orb, but not the right colors. Can spiders be albino (besides the obvious cave dwellers), thoughts?
How you want your letter signed:  Adam Branch

Pale Golden Orbweaver

Dear Adam,
We don’t know if this is considered a true albino, but we agree it is a Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantiaBugGuide has an image of a similar looking individual that is called a “light color morph” and this BugGuide image is also of a light individual.

Thanks for the reply! Those do look similar, I am always d6o fascinated with the constant variety of nature. Have a great day

Subject:  Pretty spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Anastasia island, Florida
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 08:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m pretty sure I know what this is, but would like a second opinion please!
How you want your letter signed:  JPerry

Golden Silk Spider

Dear JPerry,
The Golden Silk Spider,
Nephila clavipes, takes its common name from the golden color of the incredibly strong silk with which it weaves its web.

Subject:  interesting spider with body spikes in NH!
Geographic location of the bug:  Francestown, NH
Date: 08/15/2019
Time: 11:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this spider on a dead oak leaf today, very interesting body with spikes!
Googled around a bit and could not find it.
Would love to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Alfred Eisenberg

Arrow-Shaped Micrathena

Dear Alfred,
This intriguing spider is an Arrow-Shaped Micrathena,
Micrathena sagittata, and according to BugGuide:  “This spider does not pose a danger to humans (and neither do any others in this family).”

Arrow-Shaped Micrathena

Thanks for that!  I did actually find that eventually but nice to have it confirmed.   Beautiful spider I have not seen before.