Subject: Spider face!
Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
November 9, 2015 12:57 am
Dear Bugman,
Thank you again for your patience and help with another unknown and interesting subject.
I witnessed this little guy crawling away from me near my apartment in Los Feliz, CA (basically east Hollywood). I couldn’t get a great shot nor was I able to add a scale but he was approximately 2.5cm in diameter. I was really curious about the markings on his abdomen which appear, to me, like a face!
By any chance is he Spider Man?
P.S. Your bio lists you living in Mt. Washington: is that the Mt. Washington here in Los Angeles?
If so, Howdy Neighbor!
Signature: Tomas Arceo


Dear Tomas,
This is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, but we are reluctant to attempt a species identification based on your image.  Many spiders and insects have markings that can be likened to a human face, including the Man Faced Bug from Southeast Asia.  The offices of What’s That Bug? are indeed in Mount Washington, Los Angeles.

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