Picture ID 48204

Picture of unidentified spider

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Not sure what kind this is. It currently lives at the top of my window in a curtain fold. Sometimes comes out and plays dead before going back to it's hiding spot. It seems to be about 2 inches long. It has 4 dark spots on it's back almost in a square. I sprayed it with water thinking it was dead, but it uncurled itself and came out while washing itself off. Pretty sure it was glaring at me.

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  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2018
  • Photographed: Nov 12, 2018
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Enon, Ohio, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Other
  • Found in web?: No
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Hi, this is probably Neoscona crucifera, a Hentz orbweaver. They mostly prey on flying insects, so it is important that they hold really still when they are in the web to reduce the odds of an insect seeing them. Don’t feel bad about the water, she was probably thirsty anyway. And many people spray toxic things on them instead. The most effective way to see if a spider is alive is to tug on the web a tiny bit. Some will run toward spot and some will poke their head out of their hiding place to see what’s going on.