Meta ovalis
(Cave Orb-weaver)

Featured spider picture The spider species Meta ovalis, commonly known as Cave Orb-weaver, belongs to the genus Meta, in the family Tetragnathidae. Meta ovalis spiders have been sighted 9 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Meta ovalis includes 2 countries and 4 states in the United States. Meta ovalis is most often sighted indoors, and during the month of May.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

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

Other Common Names

Cave Orb-weaver

Author

Willis J. Gertsch, 1933

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Sightings Overview

There have been 9 confirmed sightings of Meta ovalis (Cave Orb-weaver), with the most recent sighting submitted on May 29, 2019 by Spider ID member kevino. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 9 sightings because of certain Meta ovalis sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 22% of the time, Meta ovalis spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 9)
  • Sex: 1 female and 2 male.
  • Environment: Meta ovalis 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 ovalis (Cave Orb-weaver) has been sighted in the following countries: Canada, United States.

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

Seasonality

Meta ovalis has been primarily sighted during the month of May.

  • January: 1
  • February:
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  • May: 3
  • June:
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  • September:
  • October: 2
  • November: 1
  • December: 2

Featured Pictures

Picture of Meta ovalis (Cave Orb-weaver) - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Meta ovalis (Cave Orb-weaver) - Male - Ventral Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Meta ovalis (Cave Orb-weaver) - Female - Egg Sacs,Lateral Enlarge Picture
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Picture of Meta ovalis (Cave Orb-weaver) - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
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