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 10 times by contributing members. Based on collected data, the geographic range for Meta ovalis includes 2 countries and 5 states in the United States. Meta ovalis is most often sighted 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 10 confirmed sightings of Meta ovalis (Cave Orb-weaver), with the most recent sighting submitted on July 28, 2019 by Spider ID member jcasey412. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 10 sightings because of certain Meta ovalis sightings reporting incomplete data.

  • Web: 20% of the time, Meta ovalis spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 10)
  • Sex: 1 female and 2 male.
  • Environment: Meta ovalis has been sighted 6 times outdoors, and 6 times indoors.
  • Outdoors: Man-made structure (2). 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, Rhode Island.

Seasonality

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

  • January: 1
  • February:
  • March:
  • April:
  • May: 3
  • June:
  • July: 1
  • August:
  • 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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