Wild Florida Photo
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This is one of Florida's smaller orbweavers of woodland edges and shrubby meadows. These spiders are often seen hanging below the center of their webs just off to the side of trails.
Also called Venusta orchard spiders, the range extends throughout much of the eastern United States, north into Ontario, west into Nebraska and Texas and south to Panama.
Like other orbweavers, Leucauge venusta spins a circular web. While many of the other orbweavers position their webs vertically, the orchard orbveaver places then horizontal, or slightly slanted and up to 1.5 m (5 ft.) above the ground. The webs are typically 30 cm (1 ft.) in diameter with an average of 30 spokes and 60 spirals.
The spiders are small with relatively large pearly white or silvery abdomens with a metallic sheen and distinctive black lines and also red and yellow markings. The red bowtie shaped mark on the abdomen cause many to mistake these for black widows, which do not spin webs like orbweavers nor are likely to be out during the day. Females have bodies from 2/10 to 3/10 inch long, the smaller males are about an eighth of an inch long.
Another species of this genus is found in Florida, L. argyra. The two species can be most easily differentiated by the black lines on the abdomen.
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