Picture ID 160224

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

there are two spiders here ones the male the other eating a grass hopper is female.
the web first looked like a black widows web.
but at a closer look it has a bait that the female built (that you can see in the photo) the female spider actually lives in the material on the web its cone like so it goes inside to hide.
i was thinking it was
Cyclosa turbinata. but it didnt make an orb the web is way to chaotic.

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  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2022
  • Photographed: May 29, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Parowan gap, Utah, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Garage or shed
  • Found in web?: Yes
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My guess is Metapeira. They build 2 webs. An orb and a tent type web which houses their cylindrical retreat. They fold over leaves and petals and sew them shut with silk. I am a novice and I only found about Metepeira recently so there’s a chance others do this too.

https://spiderid.com/spider/araneidae/metepeira/ if you scroll down the photos on this link there’s one of a male and female together.


They are pretty amazing little things all right. Only a site moderator can enter the final identification.


I just found out about these little beauties and realised I was likely wrong about your spider. This one looks to be a way better match…The desert shrub spider..http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2011/08/spider-sunday-desertshrub-spiders.html?m=1