Unidentified

Picture ID 94127

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Bright orange-red hourglass-like shape, most likely a widow spider or a copy cat

  • Submitted by: 
    ReclusewithTwoLegs
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2019
  • Photographed: Oct 29, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Baguio City, Philippines
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: Yes
  • Attributes:
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Helper-Harvestman

Fortunately, this is not a widow spider. Based on its shape and web, it is a variety of Orb Weaver (family Araneidae), possibly of the genus Araneus.

Important notes to distinguish widow spiders (Latrodectus) from other spiders with red/orange markings:

  • Widow Spiders have round, glossy, hairless abdomens.
  • Widow Spiders have shiny, hairless legs.
  • Widow Spiders spin tangle webs, also known as cobwebs.
  • Widow Spiders (and other cobweb weavers) are nocturnal and shy of light.