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Orchard Spider

Leucauge venusta

Description:

orchard spider (Leucauge venusta) is a long-jawed orbweaver spider that occurs from southern Canada to Panama, along the East coast, reaching into the central US. The web is often oriented horizontally, with the spider hanging down in the center. It is distinctively colored, with leaf-green legs and sides (which can sometimes vary to a dark green or even orange). The underside of its thorax is spotted with yellow and black, the top is silvery with brown and black streaks. The neon yellow, orange or red spots on the rear of the abdomen are variable in size among individuals and sometimes absent. This species is parasitised by a wasp larva which attaches itself externally at the junction of the cephalothorax and abdomen.

Habitat:

southern Canada to Panama, along the East coast, reaching into the central US

Notes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchard_spi...

2 Species ID Suggestions

Dragoon
Dragoon 9 years ago
Orchard Spider
Leucauge venusta Leucauge venusta
Spider
Arachnae


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3 Comments

amelia.once.moore
amelia.once.moore 9 years ago

An orchard spider. Great. Thanks Dragoon.

Dragoon
Dragoon 9 years ago

These spiders are found not only in the Northern U.S, but also all the way down to Panama! Always a great little find.

amelia.once.moore
amelia.once.moore 9 years ago

What kind of spider?

amelia.once.moore
Spotted by
amelia.once.moore

Petén, Guatemala

Spotted on Feb 3, 2012
Submitted on Sep 3, 2012

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