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Orchard Orbweaver

Leucauge venusta

Description:

Female body length 5.5 - 7.5 mm Male body length 3.5 - 4.0 mm Slightly elongated abdomen marked with silver, yellow, black, green, and bright orange or pink spots. Spins its web at an angle and hangs in the center.The underside has a large yellow to orange smile-shaped spot and the end of the abdomen is often filled with many variously colored and sized spots, giving an overall sense of color and not black.

Habitat:

Beside the boardwalk at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Notes:

Often mistaken for Black Widow spiders or the similar (and also dangerous) Brown Widow, Venusta Orchard Spiders are not harmful and if left alone, will remain as happy as they appear.

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2 Comments

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 7 years ago

They are a shiny black, but often appear as blue or green. I love the happy face smile markings :)

Daniel Rowson
Daniel Rowson 7 years ago

Lovely colour, I'm unsure I've seen such a blue spider before!

gatorfellows
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gatorfellows

Louisiana, USA

Spotted on May 17, 2013
Submitted on May 21, 2013

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