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(Cave Orb-weavers)

Meta, commonly known as Cave Orb-weavers, is a genus of spiders in the family Tetragnathidae. Meta spiders have been sighted 21 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Meta includes 6 countries and 6 states in the United States. Meta is most often sighted outdoors, and during the month of May.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Suborder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Tetragnathidae
  • Genus: Meta

Other Common Names

Cave Orb-weavers, Orb-weaving Cave Spiders


Carl Ludwig Koch, 1836

Sightings Overview

There have been 21 confirmed sightings of Meta (Cave Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on February 20, 2020 by Spider ID member woodsman. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 21 sightings because of certain Meta sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 29% of the time, Meta spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 21)
  • Sex: 2 female and 3 male.
  • Environment: Meta has been sighted 15 times outdoors, and 10 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (6). Ground layer (2). Under rock or debris (1). Freshwater river, lake, stream (1). Forest (1). Cave (4).

Location and Range

Meta (Cave Orb-weavers) has been sighted in the following countries: Canada, France, Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.

Meta has also been sighted in the following states: Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin.


Meta has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January: 1
  • February: 2
  • March:
  • April: 1
  • May: 5
  • June: 1
  • July: 1
  • August: 2
  • September: 2
  • October: 2
  • November: 2
  • December: 2

Meta Species

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