Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
The latin name, lemniscata, meaning "hanging ribbons", appears to be descriptive of the eggsacs.
The common name comes from the shape of the snare, resembling the domed ceilings inside some cathredrals (2)
Female 6-9mm, Male 4-6.6mm (1)(3)(2)
Females to 13mm according to Levi (4)
District of Columbia south to Florida and west to Colorado. (3)(1)
The guide contains photos from points as far as mid-state New York, suggesting the range extends further north.
Found in forest understories and bushes (3)(4)(2)
. I've photographed them in Leyland cypress adjacent to my house in Georgia. Females create an orb web pulled into a dome with an irregular shaped web nearby where she waits (3)(1)
The female attaches egg sacs to each other vertically in her dome shaped web.
Specimens have been found in mud dauber nests (3)
There appears to be disagreement about whether the snares contain sticky silk. Jackman says no (3)
, but Edwards and Marshall say yes (2)
Excellent photos and information in Florida's Fabulous Spiders (2)