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Shamrock spider

Araneus trifolium

Description:

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

Habitat:

garden

Notes:

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.

No species ID suggestions

8 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette a year ago

Hahaha, thanks Despina!

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

dandoucette
dandoucette 2 years ago

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

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 years ago

could be a gravid female.

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 2 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
dandoucette 2 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 2 years ago

Very cool spider great series :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 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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