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Trashline Orbweaver (Cyclosa turbinata)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Trashline Orbweaver



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The eco-savvy Trashline Orbweaver reuses dried leaf and plant debris around it to enhance its web.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The name of this spider stems from a thick line of silk in the web called a stabilimentum. The purpose of the stablimentum has not been concretely determined in academic circles. Some argue it is designed to attract insects, but deter birds from flying through a web, destroying it. Others speculate it aids in mating. Regardless, the Trashline Orbweaver collects bits of local plant trash and debris and builds it into that part of its web. It also uses debris to hide itself.

Trashline Orbweavers are a mix of browns, white, and black. The abdomen tapers to a rounded point. They can be found sitting on their webs, or sheltered near them in grasslands, gardens, parks, fields, and meadows. Like other Orb Weaver Spiders, the Trashline Orbweaver spins a circular web. Theirs has smaller, net-like circles in the center. It gets rebuilt every day.





General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Araneidae
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          Genus: Cyclosa
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            Species: turbinata
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Cyclosa turbinata
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 20mm (0.23" to 0.78")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; white
Descriptors: biting, venomous
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Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 6mm (0.2in) and 20mm (0.8in)
Lo: 6mm
Md: 13mm
Hi: 20mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Trashline Orbweaver may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Trashline Orbweaver. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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