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Shamrock spider

Araneus trifolium


They produce a new web every night, usually at the same site as the previous web, which they have eaten strand by strand.




My mom spotted this spider walking slowly across the lawn while she was gardening. She had never seen a spider with such a large abdomen and thought I should see it so my dad put it in a jar until I went there yesterday. It was my first time spotting this spider too.

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dandoucette 5 years ago

Hahaha, thanks Despina!

Great find! It makes you wanna touch it's belly!

dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Emma, although the abdomen is huge, I think that is just it's usual size.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

could be a gravid female.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

great info about eating the web. I am observing an orb weaver and I did notice the new webs for the past couple days. Did'nt know they ate them!! Nature is so efficient!

dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Maria and Gerardo. I thought it was very nice of my parents too, since they aren't particularly fond of spiders.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Very cool spider great series :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

great series, Dan - how nice of your parents to help you spot!

Niagara Falls, ON, Ontario, Canada

Lat: 43.06, Long: -79.08

Spotted on Sep 20, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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