Comments & ID Thoughts
Largest Leucage (Aranaedae) I have ever come across. Hopefully they keep getting bigger and bigger.
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- Submitted: Mar 18, 2023
- Photographed: Mar 18, 2023
- Spider: Unidentified
- Location: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
- Spotted Outdoors: Forest
- Found in web?: Yes
I think it’s L. argyra, but I’m not sure. It has a lot of yellow. The L. venusta I’ve seen, in person have had jade green legs with a black metallic sheen.
Leucage venusta and Leucage argya are similar in some ways. The easiest way of telling them apart is the pattern on their dorsal abdomen. They have two entirely different line set up on their abdomens.
As far as the Black near the back it’s 99% L.venusta
As far as the abdomen pattern being entirely different then Argya, here is a L venusta with more black on back and completely different dorsal abdomen pattern https://usaspiders.com/leucauge-venusta-orchard-spider/
Here’s the abdomen pattern differences
Haha, speaking of my comment on L venusta being in my experience probably the most common spider in Upstate South carolina — Charles Darwin supposedly only identified 1 aranea in the New World and that was a Leucage venusta. A few decades back Leucage venusta was assigned to a different family as well.