Orchard Spider

Subject: Silver hipster spider w/ arrow-like pattern
Location: Woodstock, GA
July 2, 2016 9:12 am
Hi WTB, I have looked through your site for this hipster spider, and can’t find it. I have found several of these all around our backyard, near our garden, on the side of our house… It’s super shiny silver w/ 2 tiny goldfish stripes going along the hipster black “arrow” like pattern down its back. Black legs. They are small (see next to dime)… Any idea what it is?
Signature: Kim in GA

Orchard Spider
Orchard Spider

Dear Kim,
You can verify the identity of this Orchard Spider,
Leucauge venusta, by comparing the “hipster black ‘arrow'” pattern to this close-up image on BugGuide.  It is described on BugGuide as having:  “Slightly elongated abdomen marked with silver, yellow, black, green, and bright orange or pink spots. Spins its web at an angle and hangs in the center.  Cephalothorax yellowish green, striped with brown along sides. Abdomen silvery above with dark stripes; sides yellow with red spot near tip, and red spot underneath.”

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