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Tropical Orb Weaver

Eriophora ravilla

Description:

Females vary from 12-24 mm in length and from nearly white to nearly black in color. Typically in Florida, females have a mostly reddish-brown cephalothorax and legs, with darker femora (Figure 1). The dorsum of the abdomen is gray to brown. The venter of the abdomen has a black triangular mark pointing posteriorly; this mark is surrounded by gray laterally and by white anteriorly and posteriorly (Levi 1970). In life, the anterior lateral corners of the abdomen are sometimes bright yellow; unfortunately, this color fades to gray after lengthy preservation in alcohol. The integument is covered with white setae, especially on the carapace and legs.

Habitat:

Eriophora ravilla inhabits open woodland, ranging from live oak in scrub areas to "hammock".

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2 Comments

JoseD.Alicea
JoseD.Alicea 8 years ago

Thanks!

ira080808
ira080808 8 years ago

nice spot! :)

JoseD.Alicea
Spotted by
JoseD.Alicea

Cidra, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Spotted on Jul 3, 2013
Submitted on Jul 3, 2013

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