Orchard Spider

Dear Bugman,
Thank you for your site. We have lots of spiny orb spiders in south Texas and have wondered what they were. The pictures sent in were great. My sister sent the attached pictures and wonders what this one is. Can you help. Zooming in shows a green mottled back and red belly. It was attached to her house. Thanks again,
Barbara Heck

Hi Barbara,
This is an Orchard Spider in the genus Leucauge. One has to wonder how you ever managed to notice her in the web so high from the ground.

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