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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Identify this spider please


I have never seen a spider like this in my life and would love to know what it is and if its poisonous? I have looked on Google and can't find it. Please help.

Hi, Amber:

This is a "Star-bellied Orbweaver," Acanthepeira stellata .  Nice find!  I'm not on my own computer (on vacation, sorry), so I can't readily offer more information.  This spider does not get very large, though, so chances are this is an adult.

Thanks for sharing your discovery!


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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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