Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Unknown Spider


Orbweaver Spider 01
Orbweaver Spider 01  

Orbweaver Spider 02
Orbweaver Spider 02  
Evening Eric,

Another spider ID question

As you know by now I live in Homosassa, Fl.
The picture are not as clear as I would have like but it was breezy.

This little reddish body spider with a yellow topped abdomen is about 3/16"  I suspect the spider is in the crab spider family and yellow on its back is an egg sack.  The closest I've come is  six spotted crab spider.  I've seen a similar spider with a white spot on the abdomen.

Can you provide an ID abd scientific name ?



This is probably a juvenile Tropical Orbweaver, Eriophora ravilla .  Compare with images here:


Apparently they outgrow their colorful youth to be rather mundane-looking as adults.


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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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