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Chinese Spider
Any thoughts on what this spider might be? We came across hundreds in our recent travels to southern China, mostly right at head height in the trees!

Hi Michael,
We believe this is a female Nephila clavata, the Golden Orb Web Spider, which we have identified in Korea and also ranges in China. It is possible it might be another species in the genus Nephila.

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider sat on a waterplant, next to the pond in Buenos Aires, Argentina, The sneaky, weirdy guy, knelt down for a shot and Itsy Bitsy Spider smiled in response! Anyway, just wondering what this cute little guy is called!
Thanks a lot,

Hi Cris,
Wow, what a great photo of a great spider. We know it is one of the Orb Weavers, but have never seen the species. Looks like it might be related to the Micrathena spiders. We might be able to locate something more concrete in web searching.

Update January 25, 2016:  Actinosoma pentacanthum
Thanks to a comment that just arrived, we are able to put a name to this stunning image from a ten year old posting.  Insekten and FlickR both verify the name Actinosoma pentacanthum.

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what’s this spider?
Dear Bugman:
Here’s a Black-and-yellow Argiope, Argiope aurantia; her prey item is an odonate, probably a male Pacific Forktail (damselfly).
? Now my question: Can you ID this other female, possibly also of genus Argiope? ? These two are common in the Bay Area of N California. I refer to the second as a "Banded-legged Argiope," although it could be in a related genus. Its habits and life cycle are similar to the Black-and- yellow. Curiously, this one has a pattern on the underside of the abdomen that virtually duplicates that on the back of the B&Y.

Argiope aurantiaArgiope trifasciata

Dear Odophile,
Common names can sometimes duplicate for different creatures, and they can also vary from locale to locale. Your Black and Yellow Argiope also has other common names like Golden Orb Weaver, Yellow Orb Weaver, and Black and Yellow Garden Spider, but they are all Argiope aurantia. Your Banded Legged Argiope is an Argiope, and is commonly called the Banded Argiope, Argiope trifasciata.

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Madagaskar Spider
Hallo Bugman,
perhaps you know, what kind of spider this is. I found it near Andasibe in Madagaskar. I think it looks really interesting. Thank you very much.

Hi Christian,
This spider closely resembles a Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver found in the U.S. in the genus Gasterocantha. Your spider is probably closely related.

Another try: Gasteracantha versicolor formosa ??? I hope, i don’t steal too much of your time.

Gasteracantha versicolor formosa, or the Thorn Spider looks correct, according to this site.

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what’s this spider?
Can you tell me what this spider is? We found it on a fern in a bog in NE Alabama in June of 2003. His fourth set of legs are not real apparent, but it is a spider. The two large extensions on the head, are they palps or chelicera….they don’t looked clubbed, actually, they look like spears. Can you tell me what is it we found? Thanks so much!

Hi Mary,
In randomly choosing what to post on a given day, we often miss gems. Luckily, on slow days, we return to unanswered letters, and thus we found your submission of an Elongate Long-Jawed Orb Weaver, Tetragnatha elongata. This spider is usually found near running or standing water. It is found throughout much of North America, mostly in the East. The Long, diverging jaws with many teeth are Chelicerae. Thank you for a wonderful new species for our site. Here is a photo we located online of a pair of this fascinating spider. We will get Eric Eaton to substantiate our identification, and we suspect he may request we also post this on BugGuide if you don’t mind.

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identification of spider
I’m located in Melbourne Australia and I found this spider in my car, crawling up the window. At first I thought it was a baby bee, but upon closer inspection realised it was a spider, I took a photo because I haven’t seen one of these before. Sorry about the quality of the photo but the spider was about 1-2cms, orangy-red legs, white feeler-fang type things and the abdomen had yellow stripes, hence my assumption it was a bee. I’m hoping someone can help me identify the spider as my searching hasn’t provided any answers.

Hi Anna,
This is a Jumping Spider in the Family Salticidae. They are harmless. As the coloration of your specimen is very distinctive, it shouldn’t be too difficult to identify the species based upon the family information and location.

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