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    Basilica Orb Weaver - (Mecynogea lemniscata)

    The Basilica Orbweaver spider is much like the reknowned church in Italy: a feast for the eyes.

    Staff Writer (11/19/2013): The colors, pattern and shape of the abdomen make this spider a real stand out. With shades of green, orange and yellow, it should be difficult to miss this beauty.

    This spider is part of the Orbweaver family called Aranaeidae. This is a huge family of spiders in North America. The shaped of the web created by these spiders is a circular spiral. Strands of spider silk radiate from the center of the web out to the edges. Many orbweavers rebuild their webs every day, but this species does not reconstruct a new web unless it needs to. It prefers to makes repairs to its existing web. If repairs are inefficient, it will build a new web above an old one.

    The Basilica Orbweaver makes its webs dome-shaped, similar to the shape of domes seen in cathedrals. The weaving inside the dome is small and mesh-like as opposed to open and circular like the surrounding web. Dangling threads from the dome aid in creating a sticky trap. Egg sacs can also be seen hanging from a female's web. The egg sacs are white and bead-shaped, like a strand of pearls.

    They are most active from late spring to early summer. Webs are found at the tops of plants with the spider nesting in a silk mess near it.

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    Basilica Orb Weaver

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Basilica Orb Weaver
    Scientific Name: Mecynogea lemniscata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Araneidae
           Genus: Mecynogea
            Species: lemniscata

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 9mm (0.20in to 0.35in)

    Identifying Colors: green; orange; yellow; black; white; red

    Additional Descriptors: round, long, colorful, venomous

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina;; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia

    * 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.

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