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Crab looking spider-Orb Weaver? - Gasteracantha cancriformis

Crab looking spider-Orb Weaver? - Gasteracantha cancriformis
Choctaw County, Oklahoma, USA
October 1, 2009
Found this at my mother in laws house and I had to take as many photos as I could of it. I should have left it on the tree. I did let it back out once I took photos of it.
It was odd for it kept shooting its web at me and my camera.

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Moved from ID Request.

Shooting silk...
...is sometimes a sign of trying to balloon away. Although I am not sure if that is in fact a technique used by Spinybacks. And I definitely agree with John on the ID. Neat spider!

 
"balloon away"
like the kid in Colorado. :)

 
Haha!
...what a publicity stunt that was!

Look at
Gasteracantha cancriformis (Spinybacked Orbweaver)
http://bugguide.net/node/view/2026

 
Gasteracantha cancriformis (Spinybacked Orbweaver)
Thank you so much. I just love looking at this spider. The rest I could do with out. :)

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