CLOSED: ORANGE SPIDER

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

An orange spider SOLVED

This message was edited Mar 12, 2007 7:41 AM

This message was edited Mar 12, 2007 7:42 AM

Thumbnail by gardengus
West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

Yes! I saw one of these when I was a kid, in an old Beech tree. I ran home and got my colored pencils and drew pictures of it for hours.
It's a Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus. Some individuals are darker or lighter, and I can't swear there's not a subspecies or related species it belongs to, but take a look at these:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/2016


http://davesgarden.com/bf/go/2083/

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

Thanks for the info .I never saw one so orange,but my son said it was October and there were pumpkins nearby. Makes me wonder IF they can change colors,what other colors are possible?

Definitely a Crab Spider ,

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Misumena_vatia.html
This is a sub. species .

Took this Pic up in my dam .

Thumbnail by ginger749
West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

Crab spiders aren't in the same family as the spider in question, and they're a lot smaller. Some A. marmoreus are lemon-yellow with black markings, some are more orange... this picture looks more like your spider than some A. marmoreus


http://bugguide.net/node/view/87286

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

Yes that looks like it ,same pattern on the back. thanks again -Cinda

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