Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
First described in 1757 by Carl Alexander Clerck
as Araneus scenicus
from Greek skenikos (σκηνικος)- "of the stage, theatrical"
Body length of female 4 to 6.5mm; of male 4 to 5.5mm
Throughout southern Canada and the entire United States, though doesn't appear to be common in the south.
Mature males have been found from April to July, females from mid-May to late October.
Egg sac is loosely woven and irregularly shaped and surrounded by a tangled mass of threads. It typically contains about 15-25 individual eggs. Spiderlings emerge from the egg sac in about three weeks.
Seems to be an imported European species that is now widespread in North America.
Clerck's original description of the species (in Swedish and Latin): Svenska Spindlar, p. 117