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I Found A Spider With An Orange Body And Black And White Striped Legs, What Is It?

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Matthew Porter answered
This is known as an orb-weaver spider and they are from the Araneidae family. They are the most common builders of wheel-shaped webs which are often found in gardens, fields and forests. Their common name is taken from the round shape of their webs.

Orb-weavers have eight similar eyes, hairy or spiny legs and no stridulating organs. The araneidae family is cosmopolitan and consists of 3,006 species. Orb webs are produced by other families. Orb-weaving spiders build a web by first floating a line on the wind to another surface. The spider secures the line and then drops another from the centre, forming a ‘Y’ shape. This is followed by several radii of non-sticky silk before a final layer of sticky silk. The third claw is used to work on the non-sticky part of the web. Any prey that enters the sticky part of the web is stunned by a quick bite and is then wrapped in silk.

Many orb-weavers build a new web each day. Towards evening the spider will consume the old web, rest for an hour and then spin a web in pretty much the same location. Some orb-weavers do not build webs at all. Orb-weavers can vary in colour, size and shape. Orb-weavers feed primarily on insects but larger species can consume larger prey such as hummingbirds and frogs if they are successfully ensnared. Male orb-weavers spend most of their time trying to find a mate. Most males are smaller than females, and may even be eaten by the female after mating.

The female lays eggs in clutches of hundreds which are encased in a sac. In cold areas, females lay a clutch and wrap it in silk. The female will die during the first frost leaving their eggs to hatch in summer. Orb weavers live one to two years on average.
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Anonymous answered
Do you have any pictures..?? Because it's really difficult to identify that spider you are talking about...
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Chris Lee answered
Its very difficult to identify you spider without a picture, you could post one on your profile page and I could have a look.. But if you can't do that, this site may help, its got loads of pictures and you can also submit a picture for idetification. Spiderzrule.com
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Anonymous answered
I believe it is a Garden Orb Weaver
Glen Thornbury Profile
Glen Thornbury answered
A good rule of thumb in Mother Nature is Bright colored stay away! ALL spiders bite! But the vast majority are good things!
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Anonymous answered
I just found a spider like that.. In my garage..  But I still don't know what kind it is
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Anonymous answered
I am having the same problem with one I just found. I am thinking it is a brown widow, the cousin to the black widow. They have an orange-yellow hourglass on the underbelly.
michelle vonschmittou Profile
Could be a cross of a writing spider and an orb spider but if you google spiders that are idiginous to that area you might get your answer
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No idea. But I have a similar spider here in cottonwood heights ut. It small hairy black body and orange stripes on the legs and I think it had a few orange spots. I'm not sure because my parental killed it. I'm looking to find out what kind it is if you could help me.

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