• Spiders
  • Beetles
  • Bees & Ants
  • Butterflies & Moths
  • Grasshoppers & Crickets
  • Dragonflies & Damselflies
  • True Bugs
  • Insects By State
  • Long-Jawed Orb Weaver - (Tetragnatha spp.)

    Long-Jawed Orb Weaver - (Tetragnatha spp.)

    Long-Jawed Orb Weavers have big mouths, but make no noise. They hang up-side-down, silently waiting for a meal to drop in.

    Staff Writer (8/2/2017): The Long-Jawed Orb Weaver has an incredibly long set of front of legs. The female's mouth part, the chelicerae, is also unusually long as well. Males have a very short chelicerae.

    This spider weaves a small, horizontal web between the stems of a plant or shrub. It lies in wait on a stem, vertically, with its front pairs of legs stretched before it and its hing pairs of legs wrapped around the stem. The spiral web has a hole in the center. Any disturbance will cause the spider to descend.

    Females lay their egg sac nearby in a silken cocoon. Once hatched, the spiderlings disperse and weave their own webs on other plants.

    ©2005-2017 www.InsectIdentification.org. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction Permitted. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from www.InsectIdentification.org is strictly prohibited. Material presented throughout this website is for entertainment value and should not to be construed as usable for scientific research or medical advice (insect bites, etc...). Please consult licensed, degreed professionals for such information. Email corrections / Comments to InsectIdentification at Gmail dot com.

    Details of the:
    Long-Jawed Orb Weaver

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Long-Jawed Orb Weaver
    Scientific Name: Tetragnatha spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Tetragnathaidae
           Genus: Tetragnatha
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 12mm (0.20in to 0.47in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, gray, silver, black, white

    Additional Descriptors: long, stripes, skinny, 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; Rhose Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virgina; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Sasketchewan

    * 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.

    BUGFINDER: What Kind of Bug is This...
    BUGFINDER allows for a quick search of the Insect Identification database by selecting primary color, secondary color, number of legs and the territory / state in question. If only one color is present on your insect, select it again as its SECONDARY color. Remember that the more details you can offer, the better your chances of finding a match. As a rule of thumb, six legs are typical for most insects whereas spiders generally have eight legs.
    Primary Color:
    Secondary Color:
    Number of Legs:
    State / Province:
    General Category: