Neoscona crucifera
(Hentz Orb-weaver)

Featured spider picture The spider species Neoscona crucifera, commonly known as Hentz Orb-weaver, belongs to the genus Neoscona, in the family Araneidae. Neoscona crucifera spiders have been sighted 42 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Neoscona crucifera includes 1 countries and 19 states in the United States. Neoscona crucifera 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
  • Genus: Neoscona
  • Species: Neoscona crucifera

Other Common Names

Hentz Orb-weaver, Spotted Orb-weaver, Barn Spider (another species also shares the same common name)

Author

Hippolyte Lucas, 1838

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Sightings Overview

There have been 42 confirmed sightings of Neoscona crucifera (Hentz Orb-weaver), with the most recent sighting submitted on January 29, 2018 by Spider ID member walkerpest-pro. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 42 sightings because of certain Neoscona crucifera sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 100% of the time, Neoscona crucifera spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 2)
  • Sex: 36 female and 1 male.
  • Environment: Neoscona crucifera has been sighted 2 times outdoors, and 0 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (2).

Location and Range

Neoscona crucifera (Hentz Orb-weaver) has been sighted in the following countries: United States.

Neoscona crucifera has also been sighted in the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia.

Seasonality

Neoscona crucifera has been primarily sighted during the month of September.

  • January:
  • February:
  • March:
  • April:
  • May:
  • June: 1
  • July: 1
  • August: 8
  • September: 10
  • October: 10
  • November: 1
  • December: 1

Additional Remarks

  • Color and pattern can vary considerably.
  • Underside of abdomen with central black area framed by white ‘L’-shaped brackets; but keep in mind that a variety of other orbweaver species can have the same or similar ventral markings.
  • Also see Neoscona arabesca and Eriophora ravilla, two fairly similar-looking species.
  • The egg sac is spherical or lens-shaped, anywhere from 5-12mm in diameter, made of fluffy yellow or orange silk, and containing up to 1,000 eggs;  female attaches it to a rolled up leaf or some other protected place outside her web. Spiderlings emerge in the spring.

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Picture of Neoscona crucifera (Hentz Orb-weaver) - Female - Ventral,Webs Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Neoscona crucifera (Hentz Orb-weaver) - Female - Dorsal,Webs Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Neoscona crucifera (Hentz Orb-weaver) - Female - Lateral Enlarge Picture
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