Unidentified

Picture ID 133328

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Is this a Marbled Orb spider? Was getting cozy and crawling in my shirt! I almost squished it. It is about the size of a nickel.

  • Submitted by: 
    NCRoger
  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2020
  • Photographed: Dec 29, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Shelby, NC, North Carolina, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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TangledWeb

It worked! I think this is a Crab Spider rather than an orbweaver. The colors are similar to Araneus marmoreus except for the legs. A. marmoreus has leg band markings that sequence roughly , proximal to distal, red, white,black, white, black. The eyes are different, Crab Spiders generally have bigger eyes to the anterior in the way ambush predators do. Like wolves. Animals that are more often prey, like sheep, have eye placement that faces to the sides to watch for predators. Web spiders generally don’t need much forward vision. The correlation of eye placement and visual acuity to One’s… Read more »

TangledWeb

You’re welcome. Marbled Orbweavers have a lot of color and markings variations, so it was a fair presumption on your part. I asked a career expert for his advice on telling Araneus marmoreus from other spiders. Using the leg band color pattern, which is consistent, was his advice. I use leg band colors as part of identifying North American Fishing Spiders also. Crab spiders aren’t as convenient. Spiders have an unfortunate tendency to end up in clothes where it is warm and dark. So do ticks, so I started putting Velcro straps around the ankles of my jeans when I… Read more »