09.14.2022 Web Wednesday-Marbled Orbweaver

Just as large and hairy as the Spotted Orbweaver I posted a while back but a lot more beautiful.

Marbled Orbweaver-Araneus marmoreus.  I don’t know if this is true for all this species but unlike the Spotted and other orbweavers this one didn’t devour its web and it was there for several days. Pretty beat up and tattered and didn’t have anything caught in the sticky strands.

When I bumped a fern that had a small strand attached the spider ran up the web and into it’s little refuge in a curled up blueberry leaf.  Good thing too because shortly after these images were made the sky opened up for a while.  About dime-size, these are highly variable in color and patterning.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 09.14.2022 Web Wednesday-Marbled Orbweaver

  1. Beautiful indeed. I don’t recall ever seeing a spider’s two rear legs held together the way they are in your top picture.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    The patterns on its abdomen remind me of various hoverfly designs. It’s a pretty little thing.

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  3. melody says:

    Pretty cute spider. Maybe too much ‘humanimorphizing’, but is that a redheaded girl?

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Orbweavers are fantastic. I love the photo and story of this one on the blueberry leaf.

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  5. Wally Jones says:

    Superb photography (again) of a really gorgeous specimen!
    Definitely one of the more handsome members of the family.

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    • She’s a pretty one for sure. We don’t have that large a yard, although close to an acre is large in many respects. I am amazed at the variety of insects and species I find here. It isn’t rare for me to “discover” a new species every day or two. Thanks, Wally!


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