Sightings – Spiders

Observer: Regen Jamieson

Observation Date: 8/11/09

Observation Location: Moose Hill in the meadow at the end of the “unnatural trail”.

Common Name: Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Scientific Name: Argiope aurantia

Comments: Males range from 5 to 9 mm; females from 19 to 28 mm. Like other members of Argiope they are considered harmless to humans.The female of the species grows much larger than the male. Females have large rounded bodies that may grow to 40 mm (1 1/2 inches), excluding the legs. If the length of the legs is added, the female can reach 75 mm (3″) in diameter. Males are thin-bodied and only 20 mm (¾”) long. Garden Spiders often build webs in areas adjacent to open sunny fields where they stay concealed and protected from the wind. The spider can also be found along the eaves of houses and outbuildings or in any tall vegetation where they can securely stretch a web. The circular part of the female’s web may reach two feet in diameter. Webs are built at elevations from two to eight feet off the ground. Female Argiope aurantia spiders tend to be somewhat local, often staying in one place throughout much of their lifetime. After mating, the male dies, and is sometimes then eaten by the female. She lays her eggs at night on a sheet of silky material, then covers them with another layer of silk, then a protective brownish silk. She then uses her legs to form the sheet into a ball with an upturned neck. Egg sacs range from 5/8″ to 1″ in diameter. She often suspends the egg sac right on her web, near the center where she spends most of her time. Each spider produces from one to four sacs with perhaps over a thousand eggs inside each. She guards the eggs against predation as long as she is able. However, as the weather cools, she becomes more frail, and dies around the time of the first hard frost. (from Wikipedia)

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Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Black and Yellow Garden Spider

 

Observer: April Forsman

Observation Date: 9/24/10

Observation Time: 10:15 a.m.

Observation Location: DPW

Common Name: Black and Yellow Garden Spider

Scientific Name: Argiope aurantia

Comments: Males range from 5 to 9 mm; females from 19 to 28 mm. Like other members of Argiope they are considered harmless to humans.The female of the species grows much larger than the male. Females have large rounded bodies that may grow to 40 mm (1 1/2 inches), excluding the legs. If the length of the legs is added, the female can reach 75 mm (3″) in diameter. Males are thin-bodied and only 20 mm (¾”) long. Garden Spiders often build webs in areas adjacent to open sunny fields where they stay concealed and protected from the wind. The spider can also be found along the eaves of houses and outbuildings or in any tall vegetation where they can securely stretch a web. The circular part of the female’s web may reach two feet in diameter. Webs are built at elevations from two to eight feet off the ground. Female Argiope aurantia spiders tend to be somewhat local, often staying in one place throughout much of their lifetime. After mating, the male dies, and is sometimes then eaten by the female. She lays her eggs at night on a sheet of silky material, then covers them with another layer of silk, then a protective brownish silk. She then uses her legs to form the sheet into a ball with an upturned neck. Egg sacs range from 5/8″ to 1″ in diameter. She often suspends the egg sac right on her web, near the center where she spends most of her time. Each spider produces from one to four sacs with perhaps over a thousand eggs inside each. She guards the eggs against predation as long as she is able. However, as the weather cools, she becomes more frail, and dies around the time of the first hard frost. (from Wikipedia)

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Black and Yellow Garden Spider

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/5/12

Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Cross Orbweaver spider

Scientific Name: Araneus diadematus

Comments: This common spider made a web right outside our garage door.

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Cross Orbweaver Spider

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/3/12

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Borderland State Park

Common Name: Fishing Spider

Scientific Name: Dolomedes vittatus

Comments: This huge spider (about 3″) was spotted in aquatic vegetation near the stone hut at the edge of Lower Leach Pond at Borderland State Park. A boy with a butterfly net scooped it up so I could get a photo of it. I got the identification from www.bugguide.net. The three pairs of yellow spots on the rear abdomen help identify this species.

More Information: BugGuide

Fishing Spider

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/18/12

Observation Time: 10:00 a.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road (basement)

Common Name: Funnel Weaver Spider

Scientific Name: Agelenidae family, Coras genus

Comments: Spiders give me the creeps, especially big ones like this specimen, but I could not resist taking a photo and getting an identification from bugguide.net.

More Information: BugGuide

Funnel Weaver Spider

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/1/14

Observation Time: 12:10 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd.

Common Name: Nursery web spider

Scientific Name: Pisaurina mira

Comments: This large spider was on a tree trunk in my back yard.

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Nursery Web Spider

Nursery Web Spider

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/1/14

Observation Time: 12:25 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd.

Common Name: Orchard Orbweaver

Scientific Name: Leucauge venusta

Comments: I had a hard time focusing the camera on this tiny spider.

More Information: Wikipedia

Orchard Orbweaver