Giant Lichen Orbweaver

Subject: Huge Spider In Louisiana
Location: Spearsville, Louisiana USA
June 29, 2013 1:58 pm
I just moved back to the place where I grew up. I found this huge, beautiful spider and want to know what it is and whether it is harmful to humans. No one has ever seen anything like it here. I’ve tried sending this a couple of times before and it doesn’t seem to be working. If you get duplicate entries of this please ignore them.
Signature: -Jason

Giant Lichen Orbweaver
Giant Lichen Orbweaver

Dear Jason,
This is an Orbweaver in the genus Araneus, and they are not aggressive, rarely bite and they are considered to be harmless.  Many times we do not attempt to identify Orbweavers to the species level as many species look very similar.  We quickly identified your individual as a female Giant Lichen Orbweaver,
Araneus bicentenarius, thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  You can read more about the Giant Lichen Orbweaver on the Florida Nature website.

Giant Lichen Orbweaver
Giant Lichen Orbweaver
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