This looks like its out of a nightmare!

MetalMan2004

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I found this on my blood orange tree tonight. I did some searching on the ID websites but couldn't find it. Anyone have any idea what it is? It really does look like something out of a nightmare. Spikey all over with the strangest face I've every seen!
 

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MetalMan2004

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That appears to be a harmless male orbweaver in the genus Eriophora - possibly Eriophora edax.

See, for example: http://bugguide.net/node/view/690294 and http://bugguide.net/node/view/690292 and http://bugguide.net/node/view/600081/bgimage

These spiders are highly variable in both color and markings.
Looks like that is it! Thanks for the help. I'm not sure why I had such a hard time finding it. There are only two spiders in Texas that are very venomous to humans thats not one so I wasn't worried. He just looks wicked though!

Looks cool to me.
He does indeed looks really cool.
 
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