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Orchard Spider
01-SEP-2009 Lejun

Orchard Spider

Copyright Lewis Scharpf

Leucauge venusta (Orchard Spider)
Juvenile (See comments from guest below)
Auburn, Alabama

Nikon NIKON D300S,AF-S Micro Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8 ED VR
1/15s f/14.0 at 105.0mm iso320 full exif

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lejun20-May-2011 01:43
Thank you very much for your careful ID of this spider. It was indeed very helpful as I am not a spider expert. Please let me know if you feel the spiders in my other images are misidentified. Thanks again!
Guest 19-May-2011 22:50
Hello again. After quite a bit of hunting, I think I've found the answer. Your picture (and mine) appear to show a juvenile L. venusta (Orchard Spider). The i.d. was made more difficult because the markings will change to two orange dots and the abdomen will increase in proportion to the rest of the body as the spider molts. Hope this was helpful and taken only in the positive light it was intended. Your photos are lovely (and I truly envy you your lens)!
Guest 19-May-2011 21:28
Seen several of these while hiking over the past few weeks, and they build neat, clean orb webs. I'm trying to i.d. the spider, which is how I found your image. Because of their nesting habits, I'm pretty sure this isn't a Neriene. Sorry I can't provide you with a proper i.d., I'm yet to find one myself.