Acanthepeira stellata
(Star-bellied Orb-weaver)

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When I found it i thought it was dead because it wouldnt move after i blew on it or prodded it a bit. But then when I was about to sweep it into the garbage it started moving very lathargically, so maybe it was about to molt? I really have no idea. But also I can't find it anywhere on the internet. It'll move and clean itself every once in a while now, and doesnt seem to mind the light either, so I'm a little confused on this one. And info would be really cool! Thanks

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ItsyBitsy

Big orb-weavers typically don’t do well in captivity because they need a lot of room to spin their webs. I would put her someplace semi-sheltered outside. You could offer her something to drink, spiders will drink from a moistened cotton ball or scrap of paper towel.

ItsyBitsy

You got it, filed.

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