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Basilica Orb Weaver (Mecynogea lemniscata)

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Order: Araneae (ah-RAY-nee-ee) (Info)
Family: Araneidae (ar-ray-NEE-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Mecynogea
Species: lemniscata

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Bear, Delaware
Rockledge, Florida
Austin, Texas

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Member Notes:

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Positive Floridian On Dec 19, 2006, Floridian from Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

Like many orbweavers this little spider cuts her web down each night. Unlike others, during egg laying time, she cuts her web in such a way that it drifts down over her eggs creating a protective coating. Quite a feat of physics and engineering; another of Mother Nature's miracles


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