found a sick orbweaver!ID?

neubii18

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i found this while walking from the workout room.i was walking and saw a HUGE web near a bush.then i saw the spider...i was looking around for something to put it in.i was about to just grab it and walk home(about another half mile),but then i realized that my water bottle was the perfect bug nabber.so i emptied what little water there was,and got the spider in it.it's about 1.5".it's in a vial now,but i'm not sure the dram size.just thought i'd post this,and see if someone wanted to ID.also,i was wondering if i should keep it or not.if i kept it,it would only be for a week or too.what would you keep it in though?it would need to make it's HUGE web.thanks!

 

cacoseraph

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a similar species is "taking over" my backyard right now. one made a 2'+ diameter orb over a little pond thing.

they have really nice markings
 

jsloan

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Looks like a beautiful orb weaver in the genus Aculepeira. Here are some comparison images: http://bugguide.net/node/view/289881/bgimage

Edit - On the other hand, could this be Neoscona oaxacensis?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/16526/bgimage

According to Dondale and Redner (2003) Aculepeira are distinguished "... by the presence of a median white mark on the abdominal venter ..." As in this picture: http://bugguide.net/node/view/136576/bgimage

So, I guess if your spider has a mark like that on its belly it is A. packardi. If it doesn't have that mark, then it's probably N. oaxacensis.
 
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neubii18

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Looks like a beautiful orb weaver in the genus Aculepeira. Here are some comparison images: http://bugguide.net/node/view/289881/bgimage

Edit - On the other hand, could this be Neoscona oaxacensis?
http://bugguide.net/node/view/16526/bgimage

According to Dondale and Redner (2003) Aculepeira are distinguished "... by the presence of a median white mark on the abdominal venter ..." As in this picture: http://bugguide.net/node/view/136576/bgimage

So, I guess if your spider has a mark like that on its belly it is A. packardi. If it doesn't have that mark, then it's probably N. oaxacensis.
it looks like a Neoscona oaxacensis to me.
 
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