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Lattice Orbweaver Spider (Araneus thaddeus)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Lattice Orbweaver Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 1/22/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Lattice Orbweaver Spider  
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The web of the Lattice Orb Weaver Spider is a neat round of silky ladders, radiating from the center.

The characteristics of the web are useful in identifying the Lattice Orb Weaver Spider. It also has six defined black spots on its abdomen. Each spot has a very pale ring around it. The yellow and orange coloring can vary in depth, but all of them create similar looking webs.

They can be found in meadows, tall grasses and bushes as well as fields and pastures. Their small orb-shaped webs are usually built low to the ground, not at elevations that most people would see before walking through.

Females lay eggs in autumn. The fertilized eggs are wrapped in an egg sac spun out of her silk. Spiderlings may hatch during part of the winter or they may overwinter completely, depending on the weather. All adults die in winter.

Picture of the Lattice Orbweaver Spider
Picture of the Lattice Orbweaver Spider

Lattice Orbweaver Spider Information

Category: Spider
Common Name: Lattice Orbweaver Spider
Scientific Name: Araneus thaddeus

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Arachnida
    Arrow graphic Order: Araneae
     Arrow graphic Family: Araneidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Araneus
       Arrow graphic Species: thaddeus

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 4 mm to 9 mm (0.156 inches to 0.351 inches)
Identifying Colors: yellow; brown; black; pink; ivory; orange
Additional Descriptors: biting, venomous, spots

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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