Araneus
(Angulate & Round-shouldered Orb-weavers)

Picture ID 3671

Picture of Araneus (Angulate & Round-shouldered Orb-weavers) - Female - Dorsal

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Not sure what kind of spider this is and it just laid a bunch of eggs yesterday. Anyone have any idea and why it would lay eggs in the middle of winter.

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ItsyBitsy

Hi, you seem to have submitted the same image twice. I will removed the first since you posted a followup question here. My response to the first post: “Hi, welcome to Spider ID. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your spider is an Orbweaver, either Araneus gemmoides (common name Cat-faced Spider) or Araneus illaudatus. Theyโ€™re two similar species both found in CA.”

It’s normal for orbweavers to lay their eggs when it gets colder … then they pass away, and their spiderlings hatch when the weather is warm again.

ItsyBitsy

You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would leave it unless you’re worried about them dropping down on your head in the spring. Most will fly away on a breeze, and a few may stay. If you do choose to move it I would still place it somewhere semi-sheltered.

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