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    Spotted Orb Weaver - (Neoscona crucifera)

    Covered in short hairs, the Spotted Orb Weaver is a commonly sighted arachnid that is both hunter and hunted.

    Staff Writer (4/24/2015): Spotted Orb Weavers spin orb-shaped webs that are up to 2 feet in diameter. During the day, they usually hide in a curled leaf near the edge of their web. Individuals can vary in color: some appear more orange/red while others are more yellowish-brown. The markings on their abdomen can also vary between individuals in this species. Some have a pronounced 'cross' on their abdomen; others have darker zigzag stripes down by the end of the abdomen. All of them have the bristles on their abdomen, legs, head and thorax.

    Spotted Orb Weavers can be found in woodlands, chaparral, fields, gardens, parks and backyards. They are active mostly between May and August. These hairy spiders are nocturnal, but it isn't unusual to see one during the day.

    Females lay eggs in a sac spun from their silk. It hangs near the web until the spiderlings hatch. Although spiders are usually the hunter, the spiderlings of this species are frequent targets for mud dauber wasps.

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    Spotted Orb Weaver

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Spotted Orb Weaver
    Scientific Name: Neoscona crucifera

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Chelicerata
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Araneidae
           Genus: Neoscona
            Species: crucifera

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 15mm (0.16in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, red, brown, ivory, tan, orange

    Additional Descriptors: hairy, orange, biting, venomous

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.