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Venusta Orchard Spider

Leucauge venusta


White abdomen with silver, black, and yellow markings. The black is most prominent, and is a bit similar to a trident. The spider's legs are green and elongate. The underside of the abdomen is mottled with black, silver, yellow, and a little green. It has an orange smile-shaped spot on the underside of its abdomen as well. Has a fringe of hairs on the inner back legs.




This is a common species in forests, I ran into a lot of them this summer (sometimes literally...I was removing spider webs from my face a lot). This species is similar to Leucauge argyra, so be careful not to confuse the two! I believe the last photo shows a male and a female together. Found at Barbara A. Beiser Field Station.

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Ohio, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2011
Submitted on Aug 15, 2011

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