Metepeira

Picture ID 56891

Picture of Metepeira - Dorsal

Comments & ID Thoughts

Smaller than a dime and stays on its messy web all the time

  • Submitted by: 
    Spaznchick
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2019
  • Photographed: Apr 11, 2019
  • Spider: Metepeira
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: Yes
  • Attributes: Dorsal
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BugmanDan

Hi. I see a Steatoda triangulosa cobweb spider here,although the patterns dont seem to match.
In any event, a harmless cobweb spider, If she is out of the way, I would leave her undisturbed.
Let me poke through some other genus, possibly find a better match and more confidence.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/6927/bgimage

TangledWeb

Is her abdomen on top of an egg sack?

TangledWeb

I looked up the Metepiera genus that Itsy Bitsy identified it as. The webbing under her might be a “labyrinth,” a cozy little hiding place to sleep during the day or hide from predators, I think.

ItsyBitsy

Hi, see above image for ID (Orb-weaver). 🙂

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