Araneus trifolium
(Shamrock Orb-weaver)

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Picture of Araneus trifolium (Shamrock Orb-weaver) - Dorsal

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Is this a dangerous species

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BugmanDan

Hi. no,these spiders are not dangerous at all. Looks like Araneus diadematus, one of the orb weavers. No known how old your children are, they get like 5, they may be prone to play with these without incident. In the remote event of a bite, these are not as dangerous as a bee. Allergies to venomous stings and bites would be cause for concern. You grab these in the hand, trap them against the skin(literately harming the spider) picking them up by a leg, that may provoke them to bite. they are docile and passive spiders unless you are an… Read more »

TangledWeb

Hi, I think she’s a shamrock orbweaver, Araneus trifolium. They have black and white leg bands and markings like little cartoonish eyes on their backs. Other than that detail I totally agree with Dan 🙂

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