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Subject:  Siver-ish Giant Spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Ohio
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 03:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There’s this very big scary spider outside my house, what is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Cidrew

Banded Orbweaver

Dear Cidrew,
This is a Banded Orbweaver,
Argiope trifasciata, which is pictured on BugGuide.  Like other Orbweavers, they are not considered dangerous to humans.  Most Spiders have venom, and the venom is used to subdue prey, but very few Spiders have venom that is strong enough to adversely affect people.  Orbweavers rarely bite, but in the rare occasions when a bite occurs, it will only produce a localized soreness near the bite area.

Subject:  Orb weaver spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwestern pa. South of Pittsburgh
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 07:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I love this site… Your amazing… We have had this little lady living on our front window for a whole now. We named her Muffet. I’m pretty sure it’s a furrow orb weaver… Just wanted to get your opinion. Thanks again
How you want your letter signed:  Robert


Dear Robert,
Thanks so much for your kind letter.  Alas, we do not feel confident that we are able to conclusively identify your Orbweaver accurately to the species level.

Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Alpharetta GA
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 12:16 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this? They’ve recently popped up everywhere!
How you want your letter signed: Regards, Devon

Golden Silk Spider

Dear Devon,
This is a Golden Silk Spider,
Nephila clavipes, a species known for its very strong silk webbing that is golden in color.  Because of their shape and color, they are sometimes called Banana Spiders, a common name also shared with an unrelated Huntsman Spider.

Subject:  Pale golden orb weaver
Geographic location of the bug:  Wichita kansas
Date: 09/02/2021
Time: 02:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I just found your web site I thank I have a pale golden orb weaver it was found outside my tire shop its markings are interesting I will have more pictures if you would like more
How you want your letter signed:  Ricky barber

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Ricky,
This is a Golden Orbweaver, and there is always individual variation between members of a given species.  Her coloration is lighter than what we see on the average Golden Orbweaver.

Subject:  Orb weaver?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas City, Ks
Date: 08/15/2021
Time: 09:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Mr. Bugman,
I was told that this is a golden orb weaver. I’ve seen them for the last two years, but this one is by far the largest one. I believe she’s doubled in size since last year. There are smaller males’ webs in close proximity to hers. This web pattern in front of her is new, however. What is she, and what is that pattern? What does she eat? They’re usually ok if I leave them alone, but are they dangerous to humans and dogs?
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely, Dorothy from Kansas

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Dorothy from Kansas,
This is indeed a Golden Orbweaver.  This Orbweaver is not the same as the one you observed last year.  Orbweavers survive a single season, and the individual in your image was hatched earlier this year.  The pattern in the web is known as a stabilimentum and Orbweavers that incorporate a stabilimentum in the web are sometimes called Writing Spiders.  Orbweavers are not hunters.  They will eat anything that they trap in the web that they are able to subdue.  There are even images of large Orbweavers feeding on Hummingbirds, but this is not a common occurrence. 

Subject:  Spider or cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Date: 07/22/2021
Time: 11:46 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there,
My sister found this bug in her dining room. It was over an inch long as far as she can remember. Can you help us identify what the heck it was?
How you want your letter signed:  Sara

Golden Orbweaver

Dear Sara,
This is a Spider in the family commonly called the Orbweavers, and in Daniel’s opinion, this species,
Argiope aurantia, which is commonly called the Golden Orbweaver, is the most iconic species in the family found in North America.  They are sometimes called Writing Spiders because of the pattern known as stabilimentum they weave into their webs.