Picture ID 134466

Picture of unidentified spider
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  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2021
  • Photographed: Oct 7, 2020
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Mortagua, Portugal
  • Spotted Outdoors: Ground layer (leaf litter, dirt, grass, etc)
  • Found in web?: No
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I think this is Araneus pallidus, a Pale Cross Orbweaver. She’s pretty!


They DO release web when spiders jump or loose their footing. It usually acts as a tether and breaks the velocity of their fall. It is possible that it could act like an unexpanded parachute (better than none) if it is released in mid-air. Spiders are internally fragile. A hard impact does more damage than it appears to It’s like trauma to our brains within our unfractured skulls. She probably fell, I don’t think she would want to jump. So, you both got a surprise.