Picture ID 132218

Picture of unidentified spider

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This comic is for TangledWeb, who identifies here at SpiderID with skill and dedication.

The spider featured in this comic is Cyclosa turbinata, one of the Trashline Orb-weavers. Trashline Orb-weavers are so named because they use their trash (insect husks and other debris) to create a vertical line in their webs. Their unusual shape and mottled appearance help them to blend in with this line, effectively concealing them from predators.

Disclaimer: I realize the style is vastly different from my previous shares. This is due to my use of a photograph as a visual reference model. I believe this does not fall into the category of copyright infringement, as all drawing was done freehand (no tracing). Nevertheless, here is a link to the image so that the original photographer may be acknowledged:


I chose this reference image because I thought this little lady looked adorably bashful hiding behind all her knees. Spiders have so many knees - I love it!

TangledWeb, thanks for keeping SpiderID going and for taking the time to comment on my drawings and share your ideas!

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  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2020
  • Photographed: Nov 22, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Moscow, Idaho, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: High foliage (includes trees and tree trunks)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Thanks, that’s so sweet! This is also my own approach to house cleaning- don’t throw it out if you can hide from visitors in it. 🙂


That makes u totally my type of person! I too have more arts and crafts and repairing stuff supplies because I’ve gone to many estate sales, flea markets, and a Goodwill that sells items for up to $1.49/lb. Heavy stuff is 20 cents/lb. That buys lots of glass beads, craft paper, paint, etc. I buy stiff that would have been thrown away that evening if someone didn’t buy it. I dig old dumps too. The stuff that did get thrown away over a century ago. My best friend is a professional artist who uses my finds in her artwork. We… Read more »


And I hate to say it, but I think many clutterers like me feel some relief to hear the government say to not have anyone from outside your own household visit your home. I have two friends I co-isolate with. They clutter more than I do and help me find spiders. So, we’re happy in our own little world.


The only problem is that sometimes I drop a spider into my stuff and it escapes before I can photograph it.


Thanks, I know I write in what I call, “long-style.” My brother won’t read my texts if they have more than 3 words. He only writes in emojis. So we don’t communicate.


I’m working on keeping my jeans alive too! I have hundreds of upholstery fabric swaths that can be patches. I’m happy to share anything I mention. I focused on science and art in high school with the goal of using art to teach science and influence people to think environmentally. Got the science degree because I thought that would be most effective. I need to learn to use a sewing machine for hems too. Totally not spider-related, but when I started reading the discussions on this site, this was something I wanted to read. I liked the side discussions of… Read more »


My best friend is Jenn Ski of Bedford, NH. She mostly works on the modernist style. She’s easy to google. She lives in a house built by an architect that worked and collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright. It has the same design style and original materials that Wright used. I sent her your tip about CDs. She sells original handmade art pieces on Etsy and to people who commission her. I’ve been picking up handmade cloth and paper for her to use in her art. I saved junk CDs to try to work them into something. Junk old vinyl records… Read more »


My husband loves your drawing, he saved a copy because he said it was so like me. 🙂 I found a Velvet Ant AKA/ Cow Killer Wasp in New Hampshire this year. I just got my own ID of it to genus confirmed on Bugguide. There’s over 40 species in the genus in North America of these wasps with debilitating stings! I just learned about them a year ago after I found one in South Carolina. I had no idea that these furry wasps are in every state! Thankfully I learned to stop handling insects with bare hands a few… Read more »


Interesting! I love the weird kinds of things I learn here, like ‘hummingbirds are sticky.” Didn’t know they fight with their beaks. Check out BBC nature documentaries on Youtube , they’re funny, fast, and cute films. I totally freaked my husband out when I brought home a sphinx moth, (Medusa sexta?) to photograph on the kitchen table. It was so big that the flapping and slapping of its wings against the wood sounded like a panicked bird’s wings. I picked one up in a park and it wouldn’t leave me. I walked around with it on my chest and people… Read more »