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.

11 comments:

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

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    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!

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

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  3. Found one of these creepy crawlers in PA!

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  4. Found one of these creepy crawlers in PA!

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  5. Found one today in SE Michigan.

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  6. Found one today in Connecticut.

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  7. Found one this morning on underside of deck roof in Northeast GA.

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    1. I haven't seen one for quite a while now. I miss them!

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  8. I've found several in South Eastern Virginia

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