Picture ID 133444

Picture of unidentified spider

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This tiny guy was found in an outside light fitting-any idea what it is?

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  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2021
  • Photographed: Dec 7, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Pine Beach, New Jersey, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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Araneus pegnia, an Orbweaver. The “butterfly” marking is distinctive. Many spider species prefer to set up webs near artificial light sources because some flying nocturnal insects fly toward lights – so why not put a web between the bug and the alluring light? This time of year the light bulbs heat, even if it is a compact florescent, would be helpful in keeping a spider alive. Note the silk thread it released. That acts as a tether for the spider to get back home in the shortest distance. It also serves to break the spider’s fall if the metal predator… Read more »