Picture ID 39551

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Found on three consecutive nights (photographed underbelly 9/16/2018 and back 9/18/2018). Will upload all four photos. Body diameter approximately 6 to 8 mm, not including legs. Both nights, web was constructed in corner of a chain link fence (and web was observed in daylight at that location on 9/17/2018).

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  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2018
  • Photographed: Sep 18, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Gambier, Ohio, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Hi. Certainly an orb weaver in he Araneidae family, all are very harmless.
I might suggest your little gal is a spotted orb weaver, Neoscona crucifera species.(Hentz orb weaver)


I found 2 of these mothers yesterday. At first I thought they were Brown Widows but after capturing one and looking at her under a magnifying glass and then going online, I believe they’re either “Hentz Orb Weavers” (Neoscona crucifera) OR “Redfemured Spotted Orb Weavers” (Neoscona domiciliorum). Mine def has same markings as your’s AND reddish ‘thighs’


They are probably Hentz orbweavers from your description and your location. There are many more photos of them submitted to us from Ohio than spotted orbweavers.