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Picture ID 55454

Picture of unidentified spider - Webs,In Retreat

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I have never seen webs like this and want to know what kind of spider this may be related to. The cornucopia type structure, which is about four inches long, is suspended by a more traditional looking spider web. There are several suspended from outdoor metal awnings in East San Diego County. I am concerned as the location is home to 40 retired greyhounds at a dog rescue.

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  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2019
  • Photographed: Mar 28, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Dehesa, California , California, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: Yes
  • Attributes: Webs, In Retreat
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Hi, it may be a Trashline Orbweaver in family Aranidae. They accumulate debris in their webs, possibly to disguise themselves and their hatchlings. Orbweaver females stay at the web location. Males travel to mate with a female. You can gently relocate her web to a different property to keep males from passing through the pens. They aren’t aggressive spiders or very venomous to mammals. They would, however, bite a paw or snout that pressed against them. The bite is said to be about the same as a hornet sting. My past adopted greys were very sensitive to stings and bites… Read more »


I can’t make out enough detail to say with certainty what this is beyond an orb-weaver. Another suspect is Metepeira. Compare to: