Sits in a web like a spider… but is it?
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
September 20, 2011 8:51 am
We found this wacky bug sitting in a large spider web at our apartment complex… it doesn’t have the body of any spider I’ve ever seen. Is it even a spider? The pic isn’t as great as it could be, but I didn’t want to startle it. The legs were banded pale and brown, which is a bit hard to see in the pic.
Signature: Z

Addendum to ”Sits in a web like a spider…”
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
September 20, 2011 9:04 am
We were able to get a better photo of the insect in question.
Signature: Z

Cross Orbweaver

Dear Z,
Thanks for sending a better photo.  This is definitely an Orbweaver, and we believe it is a Cross Orbweaver,
Araneus diadematus, the species that NASA sent into space in the early 1970s to determine if spiders could spin webs without gravity.  Read all about the Cross Orbweaver on BugGuide, and all about space travelers Anita and Arabella on All About Chemistry.

Location: New Jersey

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