Identify a spider with white spots, striped legs, yellow, white design abdomen stomach – Orb-weaver

This spider’s wheel shaped round web made identifying this striped legged spider easier.  Orb-weaver spiders are the most common garden spiders and love to hangout in the middle of their round webs.

spiders with striped long legs

spiders with white markings abdomen, Orb Weaver spiders

This colorful spider made a web marvel between two large Yucca plants.  It was a medium sized spider, a bit scary looking up close; but I was so intrigued with his large silky web!

orb weaver spider

striped legs spider with large abdomen markings is an orbweaver

Orbweaver spider

spider striped legs abdomen yellow design

The insect that wonders into the Orb-weaver’s sticky web will receive a quick stunning bite.  This spider has over 10,000 species and belongs to the family Araneidae. 

spiders with white marks on belly stomach

Common spiders with striped legs and white spots markings

spider 4-6 spots on abdomen

spider with white spots on abdomen

Within a few minutes an insect landed on the web and provided a meal for this Orbweaver spider.  All Orbweavers spin webs.  According to bugguide.net:  Female Orb-weavers spin the webs and are seen more often than the male spiders.

a baby orb weaver garden spider

white spider with black markings, a young orb weaver spider

It is late summer and I’m seeing spiders everywhere!  Fall is typically the time the female Orb weaver spider will lay her last clutch of eggs.   The spider eggs survive the winter and will hatch in the spring.

Orbweaver

gray spider white markings orbweaver

Another Orb-weaver spider was waiting on her round web for insects.  This spider was gray colored with striped legs and a white design on the abdomen.   The white design on the spider’s abdomen is clearer in the photo below.

abdomen with white design

brown gray spider with white markings

Orb-weaver spiders only bite if they feel threatened.  Their venom is not harmful to humans.   A bite of the Orbweaver spider feels like a bee sting.  They are active at night rebuilding and repairing their round shaped webs.

Are Orb-weaver spiders poisonous?    Spiders have venom.  Orb-weaver venom is potent but this spider venom is NOT dangerous to humans.    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_an_orb_weaver_poisonous

eight eyes

eyes of an orbweaver spider

Orb-weavers and all members of the family Araneidae have eight similar eyes in 2 rows of four.  The spider’s eyes are pretty clear in the photo above.

large abdomen with markings

round spider web with yellow on a large abdomen – orbweaver spider

Orb-weaver spider

spider with white spots on abdomen

In the picture above, looks like two white spots on this spider’s large abdomen.  

Orb-weaver spiders can help control your mosquito population and are considered beneficial to have around!

orbweaver spider

spider yellow markings striped legs large belly

For identifying the spiders I posted today:

  • gray, brown colors
  • striped legs
  • spider with yellow markings on the abdomen
  • 2-5 white spots underneath the belly
  • spider with white markings on a gray abdomen
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What kind of spider makes a tunnel web – funnel web spiders in Arizona

This medium sized light brown spider with dark stripes built his tunnel web in our aloe and cactus plants.  Funnel web Spiders are known for their tunnel looking, funnel shaped webs.

webs that look like tunnels

Funnel Web Spider has a tunnel

These spiders are found all over the world.  There are over 600 species of funnel-web spiders, belonging to the Agelenidae family.

web with a hole in it like a tunnel

spider web looks like a tunnel

We have several species of aloe desert plants on our property which the funnel web spiders seem to keep occupied.  It is a fact that funnel-web spiders prefer moist environments.

brown grey spider in a tunnel web

funnel web gray brown spider

Funnel web spiders are shy and come out at night.  It was a cloudy day around the Tucson area and I was able to spot this arachnid repairing their web.

web with a hole entrance

spider tunnel web with an egg sac, funnel web

Funnel Web Spider

Funnel Web Spider carrying a large egg sac

The broad funnel shaped web, looks like a tunnel ( see photo below )  and is made by the spider to connect to their burrow.  When an insect enters the web the spider feels the vibrations and rushes out from the narrow end to bite its prey and inject it with venom.

fennel web

the web that looks like a tunnel

The Arizona funnel-web spiders are NOT the same as the deadly Australian Funnel-web spiders, Atrax robustus, and are NOT dangerous to humans.

  • The Australian Funnel-web spider is in the family Hexathelidae.
  • The Arizona Funnel-web spider is in the family Agelenidae.

If you were bitten by SEVERAL funnel web spiders the venom could make you very ill and you should see a doctor.

fennelweb spider

funnel web spider

Identifying a funnel-web spider:  These spiders have distinctive grey and brown stripes and patterns.

webs that look like tunnels

funnel web spiders make tunnel webs

Funnel web spiders have long legs with little bristles and small eyes in 2 rows of four.

Funnel web spiders have been mistaken Wolf spiders.  When identifying a wolf spider remember wolf spiders DO NOT spin webs.

spider with long legs

Wolf Spiders do not make webs

skinny spider with long legs

Wolf Spiders have smaller abdomens

I am not crazy about spiders but they are very important to the ecosystem and health of our planet.

SPIDER identified in my garden – black, gray, large abdomen, 4-6 white spots on belly

I’m on a quest to identify a spider near our pond as it is eating the damselflies **.  In the middle of a well engineered round web was a black, brownish, gray spider with striped legs.

**Damselflies are beneficial to the health of the pond.

spiders with striped legs and spots

Orb weaver spider eating

The wheel shaped web made identifying this family of spiders easy.

Orb Weaver spiders, common

spiders with spots and large abdomen

Orb-weaver spiders are the most common garden spiders and love to hangout in the middle of their round webs.

 

poisonous spider with large abdomen

Orb weaver spider with white spots, striped legs

QUICK FACT:  Spiders are venomous.    Spiders use venom to subdue their prey.  Fortunately, very few spiders are harmful to humans or even capable of penetrating the skin of a human.

white marks on spider

common Orb Weaver spider with 4 white spots

garden spider with striped legs

spiders with 4 marks on a large abdomen

 

Orb Weaver common spider

yellow design on the Orb Weaver spider

most common spiders, orb weaver

brown spider with yellow markings

This colorful spider made a round web marvel between two large Yucca plants.  It was a medium sized spider, a bit scary looking up close; but I was so intrigued with her large silky web!

spider with its prey in the web

common garden spiders are Orb Weavers

The insect that wonders into the Orb-weaver’s sticky web will receive a quick stunning bite.  This spider has over 10,000 species and belongs to the family Araneidae. 

spider with stiped legs

the 4 spots on a common Orb Weaver spider

spider with large abdomen and round web

an Orb Weaver spider caught a bee in her web

All Orb-weaver spiders spin webs!

spider with big yellow belly

the round spider web of the Orb Weaver

Fall is typically the time the female Orb-weaver spiders will lay their last clutch of eggs.  The spider eggs survive the winter and will hatch in the spring.

white markings on belly of spider

grey Orb Weaver spider carrying a damselfly

Orb Weaver Spiders belong to the family Araneidae and possess eight similar eyes, arranged in two rows of four eyes each.

spiders with round whell shaped webs

garden spider with yellow markings on its abdomen

With over 10,000 species for the Orb Weaver spider you are sure to see many varying patterns and colors.

common garden spider

Orb Weaver spider’s  large abdomen

Araneidae family of spiders

Orb Weaver spiders have designs on their backs

Orb-weaver spiders only bite if they feel threatened.  Their venom is not harmful to humans.

What does a spider bite feel like?  The bite from an Orb-weaver spider feels like a bee sting.

At night is a good time to see these spiders working hard to rebuild and repair their round, wheel-shaped webs.

identify spider with striped legs

identify a spider with white marks

For people searching to identify a spider that looks like the one I found in the above picture.  This is a spider with a large abdomen, gray and black striped legs, 4-6 white marks underneath the abdomen.

orb weaver garden spiders

spiders with 4 to 6 white marks on the bottom of the abdomen

Like all spiders, the young Orb-weaver looks like a tiny adult when it hatches.  As the spider grows it sheds it’s skin.  Spiders hatch in the spring.

juvenile orb weaver spiders

young orb weaver spiders with white legs

For identifying the spiders I posted today:

  • gray, brown colors
  • striped legs
  • spider with yellow markings on the abdomen
  • 2-6 white spots underneath the belly
  • spider with white markings on a gray abdomen

Orb-weaver spiders are good because they help control mosquito, fly and ant populations;  therefore, beneficial to humans.

TIDBITS:  How long does a spider live?  Most spiders live for only one year.