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Venusta Orchard Spider (Leucauge venusta)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Venusta Orchard Spider



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The shiny and elongated abdomen of the Venusta Orchard Spider are unlike most others, giving this tiny arachnid something to boast about.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Common in forested areas and gardens, this colorful spider almost appears painted. The abdomen can be a variety of color combinations, each depending on the individual spider. A silver or white base allows bright red, orange, green and yellow markings on it to really stand out. Straight and angles lines are common in the center of the abdomen. Black blotches of color at the end of the abdomen may or may not be present. This capsule-shaped abdomen is tubular, clearly unlike the more common spherical abdomen of most Orb Weaver spiders.

Venusta Orchard Spider webs can be found in shrubs or trees and have widely-spaced strands. The spider itself hangs up-side down at the edge of its horizontal web, or hides on a twig nearby, waiting for prey. Once ensnared, the spider bites the insect to immobilize, wraps it in spider silk, and consumes it when it likes. It is also be found running around foliage and among home gardens.




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: Tetragnathidae
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          Genus: Leucauge
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            Species: venusta
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Leucauge venusta
Other Name(s): Orchard Spider
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 3mm to 8mm (0.11" to 0.31")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green; teal; silver; red; black; white; yellow; brown
Descriptors: multicolored, oblong, biting, venomous

Venusta-Orchard-Spider Video(s)




Blowing air on a Venusta Orchard Spider.
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 3mm and 8mm
Lo: 3mm
Md: 5.5mm
Hi: 8mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Venusta Orchard Spider 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 Venusta Orchard Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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