Entomology (Study of Bugs)/spider


Hi Eric,

I live on Long Island in New York.  I have six small green spiders in my yard.  I have lived on Long Island for 30 years and never seen anything like this.  They are green with a green and yellow abdomen . 2 small legs on the back, two on the sides and 4 long in the front as you can see from the photo.  I think it's a Venusta Orchard spider, but not sure. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,




The spider is an "Orchard Orbweaver," Leucauge venusta .  Here's a blog post I wrote about this species:


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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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