Is this a furrow orb-weaver?
Might be some sort of orb weaver
Yes, I think it is a Furrow Orbweaver, Larinioides cornutus.
Actually it’s a female Metellina segmentata- the autumn orb weave spider. I know this because this spider species is one of my main interest of studying and have many in and outside my home. They are very harmless and in fact are responsible of helping the planet rid over 27 million tons (out of the 880 m tons total a year of other spiders combined) so please.. admire but don’t kill them, they maybe intimidating and large, but they are important! In fact they maybe one of the smartest creatures alive (if based off of brain-to-body weight ratio index) the… Read more »
That species isn’t established in Tennessee.
Furrow Orb-weaver, Larinioides cornutus.
After I posted that I felt like such an idiot.. I love spiders and I really do know a lot about them, however I do admit I can’t keep the names straight without looking them up in my notes. I had the autumn weave up last in my info because I think that’s the name of the spider I neede to identify! Wow, I really messed that up, I hate sounding overly confident, only to be humiliated by getting something simple as a name mixed up! Thank you for calling me out!
It’s okay, we ALL mess up the names sometimes. I have some really weird notes to myself to help me keep spiders organized. I hope no one finds them, they sound insane. And yes you get points for passion! Teaching about spiders is teaching about the web of life and peaceful coexistence. Corny is better than bitter.
Thanks. That’s what I thought it was furrow orb Weaver. It’s actually not that big. Don’t won’t to kill them (there are 2 now). I just keep running into their webs going out my back door!