The Spiny Orb-Weaver

The Spiny Orb-Weaver

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If you have walked though the woods in late spring / early fall, chances are you walked into, or at least saw a spider web.  The spider that spun that web was probably a member of the orb-weaver family.  One popular member of the family is the Banana Spider.  Another less known member, is the Spiny Orb-Weaver.

The Spiny Orb-Weaver is a rather small spider, measuring about the size of a dime.  Though small, they have an ominous look with spikes along the back.  The spider may have bright colors, such as white or red.  Since we associate color with danger, it is easy to think the Spiny Orb-Weaver is dangerous.

Unlike the famous Brown Recluse and Black Widow, the Spiny Orb-Weaver is relatively harmless. On the rare occasions a Spiny Orb-Weaver does bite, the venom is not usually considered dangerous.

From Texas A&M – Spiny orb weaver.

Orbweavers are generally harmless and can be a nuisance when they build large webs in places inconvenient for humans.

Despite their formidable appearance, orb weaver spiders are not considered dangerous.

So, the next time you are walking through the woods and run into a spider web with a horned spider in it, don’t freak out. Chances are it is a Spiny Orb-Weaver, and it wants to get away from you as bad as you want to get away from it.

When they come into contact with people, the Spiny Orb-Weaver will usually attempt to get away.

Their diet consist of bugs, mosquitoes, flies… that get caught in the web.  Since Orb-Weavers are beneficial in that they kill flies and mosquitoes, that means, “Think before you kill it.”

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October 10, 2017 at 03:41PM

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