Eriophora ravilla
(Tropical Orb-weaver)

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Picture of Eriophora ravilla (Tropical Orb-weaver) - Female - Dorsal

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This is the top side, I'd previously uploaded its bottom abdomen side. The abdomen tore as I was scooting it over. It appears to have some yellow hair too, if that helps.

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Hi, this is a Tropical Orb-weaver, Eriophora ravilla.

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Orb-weavers are beneficial, they often prey on less desirable things and help keep the insect population in check. These may be relocated if they build a web somewhere undesirable (like across a walkway).

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Orb-weavers are generally timid and reluctant to bite. They’ll generally only bite in self defense if trapped against the skin. Since my main antagonist was mosquitoes when my child was a toddler I welcomed these around my home as a natural defense. (Just so long as they kept their webs off the walkway.) It was actually your second image I used to ID this, no other species of Orb-weaver in your region has that same ventral pattern, and this species does have several wildly different looking color morphs … you can see some of them here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/24094

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