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Subject: bug identification request
Location: screened-in patio in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
March 30, 2015 12:49 pm
I have 3 of these bugs on my patio, each with their own “spider” web. I’m curious what it is because it doesn’t look like a spider.
Signature: John Winer

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver
Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Dear John,
This colorful and quite variable spider,
Gasteracantha cancriformis, goes by a wealth of common names according to BugGuide, including:  “Crab Spider, Spiny Orbweaver Spider, Crab-like Orbweaver Spider, Crab-like Spiny Orbweaver Spider, Jewel Spider, Spiny-bellied Orbweaver, Jewel Box Spider, Smiley Face Spider, Crablike Spiny Orbweaver” as well as “Spinybacked Orbweaver”.  The common name we prefer is Crablike Spiny Orbweaver.

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