Sunday, October 17, 2010

Marbled Orb Weaver (don't look if you think spiders are gross)

As I crash through the woods, there's this one kind of spider that I always run into, unless I see it in time and manage to stop half an inch before I walk face-first into the web. This is not it.

Marbled Orb Weaver, Araneus marmoreus
Marbled Orb Weaver, another one
Yet another one, quite a bit bigger than the first two
Another view, all tangled up in the leaves. These are all females
I didn't see these at all until mid-September. Now they seem to be all over the place.

The markings in the black-and-yellow zone look just like batik, to me. Their red-orange legs are so bright in the woods.


  1. Where are they found?
    California, Washington, Oregon, Montana?
    Are they poisonous?

    1. Everything on this blog I found in central Missouri. I dunno where else they live--but definitely more states than just Missouri.

      No, not venomous!

  2. We have them in Maryland. I have one that appeared last week outside my bathroom window.

  3. Found one of these creepy crawlers in PA!

  4. Found one of these creepy crawlers in PA!

  5. Found one today in SE Michigan.

  6. Found one today in Connecticut.