Leucauge venusta
(Orchard Orb-weaver)

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Please help. The entire web is dark red just like the spider in the center. Houston Texas area. Outside shady area by garage.

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ItsyBitsy

Not enough detail for me to be specific, the web being an orb rules out medically significant species however. If the web is red there are probably red particles in the air that clung to it. I am not aware of any species in your region that would produce a web that color. Spiders in the families Araneidae and Tetragnathidae are possibilities.

TangledWeb

I couldn’t find any species with red webs. It does look like fine particles, like a powdered chemical, might have been emitted in the area and stuck to the web. Orb spiders eat their webs in the morning and rebuild later. If it makes a new red web, that’s really interesting. If a chemical landed on the web she probably won’t eat it. She looks ill or dead already. Please let us know what happens.

TangledWeb

Thank you for her update and you’re very welcome. Sorry for the loss of your spider friend.

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