The spider family Araneidae, commonly known as Orb-weavers, have been sighted 406 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Araneidae includes 26 countries and 46 states in the United States. Araneidae is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of September.

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 406 confirmed sightings of Araneidae (Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on February 20, 2018 by Spider ID member jinsyrajkp13. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 406 sightings because of certain Araneidae sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 61% of the time, Araneidae spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 176)
  • Sex:¬†221 female and 33 male.
  • Environment:¬†Araneidae has been sighted 184 times outdoors, and 22 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (64). On flower (2). Low foliage (64). High foliage (21). Ground layer (13). Under rock or debris (1). Freshwater river, lake, stream (2). Saltwater (1). Open field, pasture, grassland (7). Forest (7). Desert area (2).

Location and Range

Araneidae (Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, 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, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, 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 September.

  • January: 40
  • February: 48
  • March: 1
  • April: 3
  • May: 9
  • June: 24
  • July: 23
  • August: 64
  • September: 80
  • October: 44
  • November: 16
  • December: 18

Genus: Acacesia

Genus: Acanthepeira

Genus: Aculepeira

Genus: Agalenatea

Genus: Arachnura (Drag-tailed Spiders)

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

Genus: Araniella

Genus: Argiope (Garden Orb-weavers)

Genus: Cyclosa (Trashline Orb-weavers)

Genus: Cyrtophora (Tent-web Spiders)

Genus: Eriophora

Genus: Eriovixia

Genus: Eustala

Genus: Gasteracantha

Genus: Gea

Genus: Larinioides (Furrow Spiders)

Genus: Mangora

Genus: Metepeira

Genus: Micrathena (Micrathena Spiders)

Genus: Neoscona (Spotted Orb-weavers)

Genus: Nephila (Golden Silk Orb-weavers)

Genus: Nuctenea

Genus: Verrucosa

Genus: Zilla

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