(Cave Orb-weavers)

Meta, commonly known as Cave Orb-weavers, is a genus of spiders in the family Tetragnathidae. Meta spiders have been sighted 9 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Meta includes 4 countries and 2 states in the United States. Meta is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of December.

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 9 confirmed sightings of Meta (Cave Orb-weavers), with the most recent sighting submitted on October 25, 2018 by Spider ID member billycrash138. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 9 sightings because of certain Meta sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 33% of the time, Meta spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 9)
  • Sex: 1 female and 2 male.
  • Environment: Meta has been sighted 5 times outdoors, and 6 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (1). Ground layer (1). Freshwater river, lake, stream (1). Cave (2).

Location and Range

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

Meta has also been sighted in the following states: Maine, New York.


Meta has been primarily sighted during the month of December.

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

Meta Species

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