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
* 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.