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Cross Orbweaver

Araneus diadematus

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NaturalistAmateur 10 years ago

Thank you both for your posts! I appreciate the ID and the welcome. This is a pretty cool app for an animal and nature geek like me. It is a beautiful spider, my orb weaver. I hope to improve my ability to identify the plants and animals I see. Apparently Project Noah will be helpful ;-)

ForestDragon 10 years ago

Jellis, that is a beautiful spider, and yes about the webs. I am not surprised that a spider like that could subdue a bird! We don't have too many giant spiders here in the Northeast, through we do have a couple good sized ones that spin very large webs.
NaturalistAmeteur, what was the size of this spider?

Jellis 10 years ago

Actually the one in my spotting is almost the size of a Tarantula.
But it's the webs that capture the birds and the spider just does it's job.
This one is a Golden Orb Weaver

ForestDragon 10 years ago

Most Orbweavers are quite small and would be more likely be be food for a bird rather than eat one, however, there are some that get quite large and might be able to subdue a small bird. I am not sure there are any Orbweavers in North America that are large enough to catch a bird.

Jellis 10 years ago

First time I saw one of the Orb Weavers, we believe it killed a small bird. Heard they do.

ForestDragon 10 years ago

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Sycamore, Illinois, USA

Spotted on Nov 15, 2011
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012

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