Pumpkin Spider

Subject: Orange spider
Location: West Chester, PA
October 23, 2013 6:48 am
I saw this orange spider in a park in West Chester, Pennsylvania on October 22, 2013. I took the picture.
Signature: Lisa

Pumpkin Spider
Pumpkin Spider

Hi Lisa,
Your spider is a harmless Orbweaver, most likely the Marbled Orbweaver,
Araneus marmoreus, a species with highly variable coloration.  Many individuals are orange, and the spiders mature in the fall, right around Halloween, so they are frequently called Pumpkin Spiders.  See BugGuide for additional information on the Marbled Orbweaver.

7 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spider”

  1. My daughter has seen one of these spiders in her driveway. She lives in Kempton Indiana, she spotted this spider on October 23, 2015.

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  2. I spotted one of these today on break at lunch. It was hiding in the leaves, crawled out and made its way beside the building. It moved slow but steady. I work in Wauseon, Ohio.

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  3. this spider scared me I had no idea what it was and when I looked it up I saw that some people said it was poisenus and some say it is harmless. on the other hand it is funny that it is October the 22 2016 and it looks like a pumpkin!

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  4. I grew up in the SF Bay Area and the fields were covered with the webs of this spider and a spider with a large white abdomen. When I was little, I used to catch them and carry them around inside my shirt. I thought they were very beautiful 🙂

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