- 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)
Hippolyte Lucas, 1838
There have been 135 confirmed sightings of Neoscona crucifera (Hentz Orb-weaver), with the most recent sighting submitted on May 16, 2019 by Spider ID member birder89. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 135 sightings because of certain Neoscona crucifera sightings reporting incomplete data.
- Web: 81% of the time, Neoscona crucifera spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 95)
- Sex: 39 female and 5 male.
- Environment: Neoscona crucifera has been sighted 94 times outdoors, and 7 times indoors.
- Outdoors: Man-made structure (76). On flower (1). Low foliage (4). High foliage (9). Ground layer (2). Open field, pasture, grassland (1). Forest (1).
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: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Neoscona crucifera has been primarily sighted during the month of October.
- February: 1
- May: 2
- June: 8
- July: 3
- August: 16
- September: 37
- October: 55
- November: 1
- December: 2
- 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.