Starbellied Orbweaver

Subject: Unknown bug (Duh…..; ) )
Location: Pasadena, MD
September 5, 2015 11:15 am
Found on August 11th, 2015 about 9:00 AM just East of Baltimore, MD. For size reference, insect is perched on an air hose that’s approximately 3/4″ wide. I am disappointed that I did not provoke the insect so as to get other pictures. Original picture was taken by me with my phone. There was no significant web present.
Signature: -Dags

Starbellied Orbweaver
Starbellied Orbweaver

Dear Dags,
We immediately recognized your spider as an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, but we needed to research the species, and we quickly located a close match with the Starbellied Orbweaver,
Acanthepeira stellata, images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide it is found in:  “Sunny areas, usually within four feet of the ground in an orb web built in the vertical position.”  We are very excited as this represents a new species to our site.


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