The spider family Araneidae, commonly known as Orb-weavers, have been sighted 892 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Araneidae includes 52 countries and 48 states in the United States. Araneidae is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of May.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Araneidae

Common Name (AASMore information icon)


Other Common Names

Orb-weaving Spiders


Carl Alexander Clerck, 1757

Sightings Overview

There have been 892 confirmed sightings of Araneidae (Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on July 24, 2018 by Spider ID member friel. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 892 sightings because of certain Araneidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 66% of the time, Araneidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 662)
  • Sex:¬†317 female and 95 male.
  • Environment:¬†Araneidae has been sighted 692 times outdoors, and 85 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (313). On flower (11). Low foliage (179). High foliage (88). Ground layer (28). Under rock or debris (2). Freshwater river, lake, stream (17). Saltwater (2). Open field, pasture, grassland (19). Forest (31). Desert area (2).

Location and Range

Araneidae (Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tokelau, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Araneidae has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Araneidae has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January: 49
  • February: 79
  • March: 104
  • April: 112
  • May: 131
  • June: 80
  • July: 34
  • August: 77
  • September: 98
  • October: 50
  • November: 21
  • December: 21

Genus: Acacesia

Genus: Acanthepeira

Genus: Aculepeira

Genus: Agalenatea

Genus: Anepsion

Genus: Arachnura (Drag-tailed Spiders)

Genus: Araneus (Angulate & Round-shouldered Orb-weavers)

Genus: Araniella

Genus: Argiope (Garden Orb-weavers)

Genus: Backobourkia

Genus: Caerostris (Bark Spiders)

Genus: Cyclosa (Trashline Orb-weavers)

Genus: Cyrtophora (Tent-web Spiders)

Genus: Dolophones (Wrap-around Spiders)

Genus: Eriophora

Genus: Eriovixia

Genus: Eustala

Genus: Gasteracantha (Spiny Orb-weavers)

Genus: Gea

Genus: Herennia (Coin Spiders)

Genus: Hypsosinga

Genus: Larinioides (Furrow Spiders)

Genus: Mangora

Genus: Mastophora (Bolas Spiders)

Genus: Mecynogea

Genus: Metazygia

Genus: Metepeira

Genus: Micrathena (Micrathena Spiders)

Genus: Neoscona (Spotted Orb-weavers)

Genus: Nephila (Golden Silk Orb-weavers)

Genus: Nephilengys

Genus: Nephilingis (Hermit Spiders)

Genus: Novaranea

Genus: Nuctenea

Genus: Parawixia

Genus: Verrucosa

Genus: Zilla

Genus: Zygiella

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