- 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 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.
Neoscona crucifera has been primarily sighted during the month of September.
- June: 1
- July: 1
- August: 8
- September: 10
- October: 10
- November: 1
- December: 1
- 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.