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Cross Orbweaver

Araneus diadematus

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NaturalistAmateur
NaturalistAmateur 9 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
ForestDragon 9 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
Jellis 9 years ago

Actually the one in my spotting is almost the size of a Tarantula. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/726...
But it's the webs that capture the birds and the spider just does it's job.
This one is a Golden Orb Weaver
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 9 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
Jellis 9 years ago

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

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah!

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Sycamore, Illinois, USA

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

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