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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

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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.

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

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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.

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Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Charlotte, NC
Date: 08/13/2019
Time: 04:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What type of spider is this?
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Please cancel my request as I have found the correct ID using your fantastic website!
Thank you!
Sincerely,
Scott Lovett
Charlotte, NC

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Scott,
Thanks for letting us know that you were able to identify your Golden Orbweaver,
Argiope aurantia, one of the Writing Spiders, by searching our archives.  We appreciate you letting us know that we could cancel your request, however, your image is quite nice and we haven’t posted a recent image of a Golden Orbweaver, so we have posted your submission.

Thanks Daniel, I am honored to be on your fantastic website!

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Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Venice FL
Date: 06/16/2019
Time: 04:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  It appears to have a white face shaped like a jack o’lantern on its back
How you want your letter signed:  Betty

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Dear Betty,
This distinctive Spider is a harmless, Crablike Spiny Orbweaver.

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