Orchard Spider

a green striped spider
June 8, 2010
I saw this spider on my back porch. I have 4 kids & when we come across something we don’t know, we look for it. We can’t seem to get the information we are looking for with this one. Do you know what this guy is called & if it’s poisonous?
A Mom in Ct.
Glastonbury, Ct

Orchard Spider

Dear Mom in Ct.,
This is an Orchard Spider, Leucauge venusta.  All spiders have venom, but very few are actually harmful to people, either because they won’t bite, rarely bite, or if they do bite it causes no serious harm.  The Orchard Spider is not considered a dangerous species.  You may find more information on the Orchard Spider on BugGuide.

3 thoughts on “Orchard Spider”

  1. My brother found this on his aunts porch with another one, I personally hate spiders and my brother kept a few in an empty cookie box. I don’t like him touching them but I think he likes seeing them and finding out if their venomous.

  2. Today is July 14, 2020. I have a pet venusta orchard spider right here next to my chair on the deck. I live in S.E MICHIGAN. I love my little buddy, it’s very beautiful and hangs under it’s web. I hope it lives all summer long. BEAUTIFUL SPIDER. I LOVE SPIDERS.

  3. I am in Weston Florida I caught a orchard spider with my brother first thinking it was a black widow! I did research and found out it was a orchard spider and gave it a ladybug to eat. Check out Ethan xs on Youtube!


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