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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Spider in garden with orange/yellow "smiley face" markings

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(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2012
8:46 AM

Post #9247564

I found this spider in my garden this morning. I was only able to get a pic of the underside which appears to have a "smiley face" in orange and yellow on its abdomen. It also has orange marks along the sides close to the end of the abdomen. When I sprayed it and it scurried away under my pineapple sage I saw a bright white stripe running the length of its abdomen but wasn't able to get a picture of it. The web is very symmetrical so it made me think...not a widow...since I've read their webs are rather messy. I've been searching the internet all morning and haven't seen a comparable picture.

Anyone know what this may be?

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(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9247598

It looks like an Orchard Orbweaver...extremely beneficial in the garden and harmless.

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(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #9247694

Awesome! Thanks for the quick response and info. I'm a novice gardener but I am trying to identify all my creepy crawlers before deciding what to do about them, if anything. I did have to disturb the web...hopefully it'll just move to a more secluded spot.



(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9248009

As the years go by, I'm more tolerant what I let stay. Spiders are at the top of the list.
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 20, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9248086

Funny you should post about this spider today. I have 2 of them in my garden this year and they are absolutely fascinating as well as beautiful. Their legs are a chartreuse green. Here is a link to a picture I found of them.

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