Common in forested areas, this colorful spider almost appears to be painted. The abdomen can be a variety of color combinations, each depending on the individual spider. Bright red, orange, green and/or yellow at the end of the abdomen may or may not be present. The capsule-shaped abdomen is very different compared to the more spherical abdomen of most Orbweaver spiders.
Venusta Orchard Spider webs can be found in shrubs or trees and have widely-spaced strands. The spider itself will hang up-side down at the edge of its horizontal web, or hide on a twig nearby, waiting for prey. Once ensnared, the spider will bite the insect to immobilize, wrap it in spider silk and consume it when it likes.
Common name: Venusta Orchard Spider
Scientific Name: Leucauge venusta
Other Names: Orchard Spider
Adult Size (Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.12in to 0.31in) COMPARE
Identifying Colors: green; teal; silver; red; black; white; yellow; brown
General Description: multicolored, oblong, 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; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico
* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.