Our 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.
The wheel shaped web made identifying this family of spiders easy.
Orb-weaver spiders are the most common garden spiders and love to hangout in the center of their round webs.
QUICK FACT: Spiders are venomous. Spiders use venom to subdue their prey. Fortunately, very few spiders are dangerous to humans or even capable of penetrating the skin of a human.
This florid spider made a round web marvel between two plants. Intimidating up close, this female Orbweaver lingers patiently for her next meal.
The insect that wonders into the Orb-weaver’s sticky web will receive a quick formidable bite. This spider has over 3,000 species and belongs to the Araneidae family.
All Orb-weaver spiders spin webs!
Fall is typically the time the female Orb-weaving spiders will lay their last clutch of eggs. The spider eggs survive the winter and will hatch in the spring.
Orb Weaver Spiders have poor eyesight even though they possess eight eyes that are arranged in two rows of four eyes each.
Orb weaver spiders have many exquisite patterns and colors. We’ve included many photos to help you identify the spiders in your area.
Note: 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.
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.
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.
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 our planet.
TIDBITS: How long does a spider live? Most spiders live for only one year.