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Species Araneus marmoreus - Marbled Orbweaver

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynes )
Family Araneidae (Orb Weavers)
Genus Araneus
Species marmoreus (Marbled Orbweaver)
Other Common Names
Marbled Orb Weaver, Pumpkin Spider
Explanation of Names
Latin "of or like marble" from marmor- "marble"
Identification
Adult Female
Epigyne:
Ventral view:

Side view
Range
Alaska to Newfoundland, south to Oregon, Utah, sourthern Texas, and South Carolina. (1)
Remarks
John Sloan posted a series of images showing some of the variation in this species. Here are those and more to give a feeling of the possibilities:

Typical orange:


Becoming a shrivelled late fall Orange (the abdomen is shrivelled because the spider has lost body mass from laying its eggs):


Can be pale orange to beige:


but commonly bright yellow:


though sometimes pale yellow to white:


to an overall creamy white:


or, different colors surrounding a black patch!


the colors can be almost black and white:


or dark with dull yellow:


to very dark:


to red:
Internet References
delta-intkey.com - Illustrations.
Works Cited
1.The Orb-weaving Spiders of Canada and Alaska - The Insects and Arachnids of Canada Part 23
Dondale, C.D., J.H. Redner, P, Paquin and H.W. Levi. 2003. NRC Research Press.